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ERIC Number: ED001704
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964-May
Pages: 11
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A STUDY OF DROPOUTS, DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA PUBLIC SCHOOLS, 1960-1963.
GILLINGHAM, JONATHAN
A GROUP OF 5,000 STUDENTS FROM GRADES SEVEN THROUGH TEN WERE STUDIED. FINDINGS SUGGEST THAT THE GENERAL REASON FOR DROPPING OUT WAS DISINTEREST IN SCHOOL. ON THE AVERAGE, THE DROPOUT HAD FAILED THREE SUBJECTS--74 PERCENT WERE RETARDED IN ONE OR MORE GRADES. THE DROPOUT WAS A POOR READER, AND HIS SCHOLASTIC APTITUDE LEVEL WAS LOW. HE DID NOT WORK AFTER SCHOOL, NOR DID HE PARTICIPATE IN EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES. HE CAME FROM A LOW SOCIOECONOMIC AREA, USUALLY FROM A BROKEN HOME, AND THE EDUCATIONAL LEVEL OF HIS PARENTS WAS LOW. TO MEET THE NEEDS OF POTENTIAL AND RETURNING DROPOUTS, NUMEROUS RECOMMENDATIONS MADE INCLUDED--A FLEXIBILITY OF SCHEDULING, AN EXPANSION OF WORK-STUDY PROGRAMS, THE DEVELOPMENT OF A HOME CONTACT PROGRAM, THE SELECTION OF TEACHERS SYMPATHETIC TO STUDENT NEEDS, THE INITIATION OF PLANS FOR THE INSERVICE TRAINING OF TEACHERS, THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SPECIAL PROGRAM IN READING, THE PROVISION OF SPECIAL TUTORING, ENCOURAGEMENT FOR STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN SCHOOL ACTIVITIES, AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES. AGENCIES AND COMMUNITY LEADERS SHOULD PLAN PROJECTS TO SUPPLEMENT THE WORK OF THE SCHOOL AND HOME IN STIMULATING THE POTENTIAL DROPOUT TO EXPAND HIS INTEREST AND IMPROVE HIS SKILLS.
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Authoring Institution: Dade County Public Schools, Miami, FL.
Identifiers: Florida (Miami)