Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Adult and Community Education

First Advisor

Gary Dean, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Jeff Ritchey, D.Ed.

Third Advisor

Lucinda Willis, Ph.D.


This qualitative study obtained data from six recent GED graduates and one GED program participant on self-perceptions of self-confidence, intrinsic motivation, views of selves as learners, and view of learning in general. Semi-structured, one-on-one interviews were conducted with seven participants. Participants were asked to describe barriers to completing high school and also barriers that delayed their goal of obtaining a GED. The data analysis indicated that participants had higher self-confidence, intrinsic motivation, views of themselves as learners, and views of learning in general after being successful in a GED program. The majority of the participants planned to pursue postsecondary education and expressed a higher level of self-confidence by obtaining a GED as well as the motivation to achieve further goals. The themes discovered from this study provide a basis for further research.