Paper Type

Doctoral Dissertation


College of Education and Human Services

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)


Leadership, School Counseling & Sport Management

NACO controlled Corporate Body

University of North Florida. Department of Leadership, School Counseling & Sports Management

First Advisor

Dr. Anne Swanson

Second Advisor

Dr. Hope Wilson

Department Chair

Dr. Elizabeth Gregg

College Dean

Dr. Diane Yendol-Hoppey


Adult Education and pre-service teacher programs have the same goals of program completion, and gainful employment for students who possess the dispositional capacity to be successful in the workplace. However, students enrolled in adult education programs experience dispositional barriers (i.e., a lack of confidence, academic unpreparedness, and a lack of motivation or personal desire) that contributes to the low completion rate of adult education programs. This study used a quasi-experimental design to examine the role of dispositions in adult basic education matriculation. This study used the teacher education program’s survey instrument on student disposition (Abbreviated Rubric for Self-Assessment) with adult education students to determine if it can predict the dispositions needed for success in the Adult Education program. This study has not statistically proven that the measurable behaviors that are aligned to dispositions are predictive of success. The study found no statistical difference in the responses between students in this sample who successfully passed and those who did not successfully pass. One positive outcome is the effect sizes and the meaningful correlations between items suggest further research is needed with a larger sample. Furthermore, dispositions may have relationships with success in a study with more statistical power.