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General Educational Development (GED)

This page provides links to resources created by NCSALL to introduce adult education practitioners to research on the impact of the GED. The guides are posted as PDF files, and they are all self-contained. They each include all the information and relevant supplementary materials, such as readings intended for photocopying, needed to conduct the study circles and seminars.

For single-session professional development opportunities, use one of the seminars; for multi-session opportunities, use several of the seminars:

GED Research and Policy - PDF
This 3-hour seminar is for policymakers and adult education practitioners. Research determined that GED students experience educational and financial gains when engaged in GED preparation courses that focus on cognitive development and two other factors: courses that provide exam preparation and ones that support transition to postsecondary education and training.

Going Beyond the GED - PDF
This 3-hour seminar examines why the adult education system should focus on supporting adult education-to-postsecondary transitions for students.

Activity-based Instruction: Why and How - PDF
This 3-hour seminar focuses on instructional approaches that emphasize cognitive development.

Using Going Beyond the GED - PDF
This 4-hour seminar introduces teachers and tutors to Going Beyond the GED: Making Conscious Choices about the GED and Your Future, a set of classroom materials designed for use in GED classrooms. The materials provide learners with practice in graph and chart reading, calculation, information analysis, and writing, while they examine the labor market, the role of higher education and the economic impact of the GED.

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