ERIC Number: ED062666
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Report of Indiana Public School Dropout-Graduate Prediction Study.
Dudley, Gerald O.
This study was undertaken to determine whether differences in characteristics exist between public school dropouts and graduates. The need for such a study is indicated by the fact that dropouts are finding it more difficult to achieve success in most life ventures. A random sampling from 304 school systems in Indiana produced twenty school systems that volunteered to provide data for the study. Each system completed a twenty-item biographical questionnaire from cumulative record information of a random sample of fifty graduates and fifty dropouts. Four elements in a grade-school child's life seem to offer the best clue to whether one can predict him to finish his education through high school or to drop out. These factors are (1) the child's scholastic record; (2) the degree to which his classmates accept him; (3) his tested mental ability; and (4) the educational level his mother achieved in school. The upgraded primary, skill development in social relations, peer tutoring, and parental involvement were suggested as partial solutions. (BW/Author)
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Sponsor: Indiana State Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Indianapolis.
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., South Bend. School of Education.