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Iowa State University

1988

Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching

Education (Adult and extension)

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The Relationship Between Perceived Supportive/Defensive Communication Behaviors Of Adult Education Instructors And The Decision To Drop Out Or Persist By Adult Learners , Denise Ann Vrchota Jan 1988

The Relationship Between Perceived Supportive/Defensive Communication Behaviors Of Adult Education Instructors And The Decision To Drop Out Or Persist By Adult Learners , Denise Ann Vrchota

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of the study was to investigate the influence of adult educators' supportive and defensive communication behaviors on the dropout and persistence decisions of adult learners. Eighty-five adult learners at a community college completed the Personality and Educational Environmental Survey (PEES), the Communication Climate Questionnaire (CCQ), and a demographic questionnaire;The PEES identified which subjects would persist in or drop their classes. The CCQ measured subjects' perceptions of adult educators' supportive and defensive communication behaviors. The demographic questionnaire provided general information about subjects and their participation history in adult education and also identified motivations for participating in the current ...