ERIC Number: ED028491
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Feb
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Why and How Young Men Drop Out of High School: Some Preliminary Findings. Interim Report.
Wirtanen, Ilona D.
Descriptive material about the process of, and reasons for, dropping out of high school is presented in this working paper. The data were collected through personal interviews with 207 young male dropouts. This report is limited to univariate response distributions. The most frequently-mentioned type of reason for leaving school is one which refers to some aspect of the school environment and/or the school personnel. Many dropouts reported they received no encouragement from school officials to stay in school. Other findings include: (1) 62.8% of the boys dropped out by choice, (2) the decision is not thought about long in advance, (3) most current dropouts intend to return to school someday, (4) the decision is usually reached independently, (5) dropping out is not encouraged or supported by parents, siblings, or friends, and (6) most dropouts have specific plans for doing something while not attending school. (Author/KP)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Inst. for Social Research.