ERIC Number: ED207157
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun-15
Student Absenteeism: Causes, Effects, and Possible Solutions.
Student absenteeism is a major concern for elementary and secondary school educators. This paper annotates 59 articles and reports dealing with the causes of, effects of, and solutions to student absenteeism. A brief glossary first defines l4 terms used in the literature. The author then surveys l4 publications on the causes of absenteeism, distinguishing student-level causes, such as personal characteristics or backgrounds, from school- and societal-level causes like school organization, teacher skills, peer pressure, or community values. Seven annotated publications on the effects of absenteeism show that it hurts both students' academic achievement and the school, where it can cause time loss and morale problems. Lastly, the author annotates 38 publications discussing six kinds of solutions to absenteeism, including punitive plans, parental involvement programs, student-centered agreements, counseling approaches, community agency programs, and nontraditional methods like open campuses or special classes. The author concludes that absenteeism has many causes and effects, but that the solutions suggested yield mixed results, depending upon the specific circumstances and the educational philosophy used. (Author/RW)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
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