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Defining Success in Adult Basic Education Settings

Title: Defining Success in Adult Basic Education Settings: Multiple Stakeholders, Multiple Perspectives.
Name(s): Tighe, Elizabeth L, author
Barnes, Adrienne E, author
Connor, Carol M, author
Steadman, Sharilyn C, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Date Issued: 2013-10-01
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This study employed quantitative and qualitative research approaches to investigate what constitutes "success" in Adult Basic Education (ABE) programs from the perspectives of multiple educational stakeholders: the state funding agency, the teachers, and the students. Success was defined in multiple ways. In the quantitative section of the study, we computed classroom value-added scores (used as a metric of the state's definition of success) to identify more and less effective ABE classrooms in two Florida counties. In the qualitative section of the study, we observed and conducted interviews with teachers and students in the selected classrooms to investigate how these stakeholders defined success in ABE. Iterative consideration of the qualitative data revealed three principal markers of success: (a) instructional strategies and teacher-student interactions; (b) views on standardized testing; and (c) student motivational factors. In general, classrooms with higher value-added scores were characterized by multiple instructional approaches, positive and collaborative teacher-student interactions, and students engaging in goal setting and citing motivational factors such as family and personal fulfillment. The implications for ABE programs are discussed.
Identifier: FSU_pmch_26279590 (IID), 10.1002/rrq.57 (DOI), PMC4535723 (PMCID), 26279590 (RID), 26279590 (EID)
Keywords: Adult Basic Education, Literacy, Qualitative research
Grant Number: P50 HD052120
Publication Note: This NIH-funded author manuscript originally appeared in PubMed Central at
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Host Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Reading research quarterly.
Issue: iss. 4, vol. 48

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Tighe, E. L., Barnes, A. E., Connor, C. M., & Steadman, S. C. (2013). Defining Success in Adult Basic Education Settings: Multiple Stakeholders, Multiple Perspectives. Reading Research Quarterly. Retrieved from