ERIC Number: ED209484
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Factors Influencing Year 9 Students' Intentions to Leave School.
Schrom, Linda K.
A study was conducted in Victoria, Australia, to examine the factors that influence Year 9 students' intentions to leave secondary school. Discriminant function analysis was used to determine the effects of family background variables, school characteristics, significant others, personal assessments, and attitudes on school-leaving intentions of 2,300 students. The results indicate that the school-leaving intentions of both boys and girls are most influenced by the aspirations they perceive their parents holding for them, their attitudes toward school, and their occupational aspirations; and that these factors mediate the effects of family background and school characteristics. Students who intended to leave school earliest perceived that their parents had low educational aspirations for them, held negative attitudes toward school, and aspired to low status jobs. (Author/KC)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Dropout Attitudes, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Education Work Relationship, Family Characteristics, Females, Grade 9, Influences, Males, Occupational Aspiration, Parent Aspiration, Parent Attitudes, Parent Background, Parent Influence, Parent Student Relationship, Potential Dropouts, School Holding Power, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Victoria Inst. of Secondary Education, Melbourne (Australia).
Identifiers: Australia (Victoria)