ERIC Number: ED028849
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1960-May
Reference Count: 0
Environmental Factors and School Attendance. A Study in Rural Louisiana.
Bertrand, Alvin L.; Smith, Marion B.
The purpose of this study was to identify and explain factors which account for rural youths having lower attendance records and lower educational attainment than urban youths. The major objectives were: (1) to determine the factors affecting the school attendance and attainment of rural youths; (2) to determine the life aspirations of rural youths and the extent to which education serves these youths' needs; and (3) to develop information which will better serve public and private schools in meeting the needs of rural youths. Three questionnaires were administered to juniors, seniors, and their parents in 8 white, rural high schools in 2 Louisiana parishes. The attendance and dropout data from these 8 high schools were tabulated and analyzed. In conclusion, it was reported that negative educational values in their homes were largely responsible for biasing the educational opportunities of rural youth. (ES)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adjustment (to Environment), Aspiration, Attendance, Dropout Characteristics, Dropouts, Educational Environment, Family Environment, Family Mobility, Occupations, Parent Attitudes, Parent Background, Rural Youth, Socioeconomic Status, White Students, Work Experience
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Louisiana State Univ. and A and M Coll. System, Baton Rouge.