ERIC Number: ED123764
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Decreasing Absenteeism on the Junior High School Level.
Fiordaliso, Richard; And Others
The data from this study, conducted in conjunction with the Preparation through Responsive Educational Programs (PREP), indicate that no general statements can be made about the relationship among school absenteeism, juvenile delinquency, and other measures of school performance. However, the special approach used to reduce absenteeism did work for two of the groups of student subjects. One of these groups (each consisted of 18 male and 14 female students) was enrolled in the academic phase of the PREP program, which included individualized instruction in reading, math, and English. The other experimental group participated in the social skills component of PREP. And the third group, the control group, participated in no PREP activities. Attendance data for these junior high students from the year before indicated which ones had been absent the most. Instead of contacting parents only when students were absent, this approach entailed calling them or sending them letters when students had been present for a certain number of days. This positive approach increased attendance for the two groups involved in the PREP program components, though not for the control group. (DS)
Descriptors: Attendance, Attendance Patterns, Attendance Records, Delinquency Causes, Elementary Secondary Education, Individualized Instruction, Interpersonal Competence, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, School Holding Power, Truancy
Institute for Behavioral Research, Inc., 2429 Linden Lane, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 (free)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD. Center for Studies of Crime and Delinquency.
Authoring Institution: Institute for Behavioral Research, Silver Spring, MD.