ERIC Number: ED188043
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
The Dropout Problem. Phoenix Union High School District No. 210. Special Report.
Wheeler, Linda; Finley, Mary Jane
In an effort to decrease the dropout rate, the Phoenix Union High School District investigated the dropout problem to identify background factors, school/training and job opportunities, and student experiences and opinions. Other local school districts were surveyed by telephone to determine their dropout rates and programs. Representatives of career schools, employment agencies, labor unions, public service agencies, branches of the armed services, and industry and business were contacted to obtain information on entrance requirements, employment policies, or eligibility requirements. Student dropouts were also surveyed by telephone or mail questionnaires to ascertain why they dropped out and, for those who eventually returned, why they chose to do so. Results indicated that: (1) residential patterns, school finances, and support from parents, peers, and the community affect the dropout rate; (2) few educational or job opportunities exist for dropouts because they lack basic skills, preserverance, and good work habits; and (3) the majority of dropouts are students who have been "turned off" by schools, teachers, and programs. (Although geographically specific, this research project provides an adaptable model for readers interested in conducting dropout research.) (HLM)
Descriptors: Career Planning, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Educational Opportunities, Employer Attitudes, Employment Potential, Environmental Influences, High School Students, Research Projects, Secondary Education, Student School Relationship, Surveys
Phoenix Union High School District, Number 210, Research Services, 2526 West Osborn Road, Phoenix, AZ 85107
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phoenix Union High School District, AZ.