ERIC Number: ED035935
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Aug-31
Reference Count: 0
Use of Predictive Characteristics Derived From One High School to Identify Dropouts at Another School. Final Report.
Walters, Nancy R.
The purpose of this study was to identify characteristics which describe high school dropouts. The investigation attempted to identify variables which would assist in differentiating persisters and withdrawals at Northeast High School in Kansas City, Missouri and in predicting dropouts at East High School on the basis of variable weightings drawn from the population at Northeast High. The sample consisted of 866 students from Northeast High School and 269 students from East High School. Thirty-three characteristics were selected from a review of the literature as being related to high school withdrawal and an individual discrimination function coefficient was ascertained for each of the variables. In this way each student was assigned to the group he most resembled--dropout or persister. These groups were subdivided and significant differences were achieved for dropouts and persisters in all 32 groups in the Northeast population, and in the cross-validation process differences were significant for the total student group and for males. It was demonstrated that school dropouts can be predicted at a high level of accuracy by use of multiple discrimination analysis and that characteristics of dropouts from one high school may be used to predict dropouts at another high school with varying degrees of accuracy. Recommendations for future studies are discussed. (RSM)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Central Missouri State Coll., Warrensburg.