ERIC Number: ED247039
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Migrant Drop-Out Study, 1980-1981. Final Evaluation.
Springstead, Emelda; And Others
The 1980-1981 project sought to extend the dropout prediction methods used previously by using a broader sample and to examine the effectiveness of counseling in dropout prevention. Over 1,200 migrant students in 35 Texas Coastal Bend school districts completed a survey regarding school attitudes, family problems, school participation, financial problems, and school performance. Results were similar to those from the previous year and showed that financial concerns, lack of active participation in class activities, clubs, and school functions, and poor academic performance significantly contributed to dropping out. The study identified 120 migrant students as potential dropouts and these students received individual and group counseling during the year. Data suggested what while counseling may be an effective strategy in dropout prevention, counseling resources are too limited to provide more than minimal service to migrant students. Although data were incomplete, counselors apparently provided direct guidance and clarification of student problems (student-teacher relationships, academic performance) in an average of 15.3 contact hours per student. The report includes eight recommendations regarding dropout testing and counseling for the program's 1981-1982 year. Appendices include letters, surveys, research designs, computer program requirements, participating districts and students, and other data related to the project. (SB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Counseling Effectiveness, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Family Relationship, Financial Problems, Migrant Education, Migrant Youth, Predictor Variables, Program Evaluation, School Counseling, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Student Attitudes, Student Participation, Student Teacher Relationship
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Education Agency, Austin. Div. of Migrant Education.
Authoring Institution: Education Service Center Region 2, Corpus Christi, TX.
Identifiers: Migrant Dropout Study; Texas