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A comparison of selected basic skills and personality characteristics in Adult Basic Education/General Educational Development (ABE/GED) and Developmental Education students Public Deposited

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  • The purpose of the study was to determine whether Adult Basic Education/General Educational Development students and Developmental Education students are significantly different in selected basic skills and in selected personality characteristics. The population of the study (N=100) consisted of equal numbers of students enrolled in ABE/GED and DE classes at Portland Community College, a metropolitan, open door, comprehensive community college in Portland, Oregon. The following data was gathered On each subject: 1) brief demographic data (age, sex); 2) reading, writing, and computation sub-scores from the Comparative Guidance and Placement battery; 3) 28 sub-scores on the Cognitive Skills Mapping instrument, each representing a cognitive personality trait; and 4) a locus of control score based on the Adult Norwicki-Strickland Internal- External Scale. A one-way analysis of variance using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences was used to analyze the data. Of the 32 null hypotheses generated, 29 were retained; three were rejected (p=.05). In the three rejected sub-hypotheses, the group means were significant at the .05 level. The personality traits represented by the rejected sub-hypotheses relate to proxemics, temporality and categorizing as a logical device. The data suggests that distinguishing between ABE/GED and DE students in programs teaching basic skills is unnecessary since students in ABE/GED and DE classes are far more similar than they are dissimilar.
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