ERIC Number: ED172386
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Student and Teacher Absenteeism. Fastback 126.
Student absenteeism has been declining in the United States since records were first kept in the late nineteenth century. Even so, some districts, usually urban, have found absentee rates doubling or even tripling over the last ten years. The tendency of teacher absenteeism to rise in districts where student absenteeism has increased sharply merely adds to the problem. The absence of students affects not only the funding available to most schools (often dependent on average daily attendance figures) but the education of the truant students and the ability of the educational system to teach effectively those students who do attend. To date no major studies have focused successfully on the correlations between student and teacher absence rates or the specific root causes of absenteeism. This document discusses the factors involved in this dilemma, including the rationales for attendance expectations; the intentions behind and alternatives to compulsory schooling; the characteristics of absentees; and the relationships of school size, school programs, and the educational environment to absence rates. The document concludes with brief descriptions of nine programs designed to reduce absenteeism in schools around the country. (Author/PGD)
Descriptors: Attendance, Attendance Patterns, Elementary Secondary Education, Literature Reviews, School Holding Power, Teacher Attendance, Truancy
Phi Delta Kappa, Eighth and Union, Box 789, Bloomington, Indiana 47402 ($0.75; quantity discounts; a $1 handling fee will be charged on orders under $5 if payment is not enclosed)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.
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