ERIC Number: ED116103
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jul-5
Reference Count: 0
Review of Some Dropout Research and Literature.
Mertens, William J.
Dropouts are considered to deviate from the following norms: maintaining certain levels of performance in school work; submitting to the requirements of classroom and school management; abiding by the moral codes of schools; conforming to peer group expectations; and seeking to move into the cultural mainstream of middle class white America. The author suggests the substitution of "school-leaver" for "dropout", since the latter has derogatory implications. Dropout prevention programs are of two types: those that attempt to promote student conformity to existing norms, (counseling, behavior modification and parental involvement efforts are the means used to achieve this goal); and those that attempt to modify the norms (efforts to change students' environments through job training and classroom innovation are some of the means used to attain this goal). The author considers these prevention programs as unsatisfactory, offers certain suggestions as to which norms should be adopted, and makes recommendations about how schools could function according to these norms. (Author/SE)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A