Date of Award

Summer 1982

Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Topetzes, Nick J.

Second Advisor

Martin, Thomas J.


Since the 1950's, career guidance for the most part has been the domain of the high school counselor in the secondary schools. The school counselor, for various reasons, has found it difficult to reach the very student who ends up at the adult learning center (ALC). The ALC becomes the "last ditch effort" for adult students to build up their basic academic skills in order to prepare for their life's work. The writer, as Adult Basic Education (ABE) counselor, is concerned with serving as many ABE students as possible in the most efficient, effective manner. In view of the increasing number of students seeking skilled training and lacking basic skills, and the high risk of dropouts, it seems fitting to the writer to better understand ABE students and their needs. To do this, the writer has attempted to define the attitudes and needs of ABE students. The writer has then tried to speculate how the counselor and the ABE staff who work so closely with these students, can better meet their needs.