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Adult Student Persistence

This guide provides comprehensive instructions for facilitating a 10½-hour study circle that explores what the research says about adult student persistence and ideas for how to apply what is learned in classrooms and programs. The guide is based on a review of the NCSALL research on adult student persistence conducted by John Comings and others, summarized in an article entitled “Supporting the Persistence of Adult Basic Education Students” and other studies on student motivation and retention. It includes articles, resources, and action research reports to help practitioners consider strategies for increasing adult student persistence. This guide provides all the necessary materials and clear instructions to plan and facilitate a three-session study circle with an option for a fourth. Each session lasts three-and-a-half hours.

About this Study Circle
Sample Activity
Study Circle Guide
Persistence Video

Updated 7/27/07 :: Copyright © 2005 NCSALL