ERIC Number: ED248413
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
The Cry for Help Unheard: Dropout Interviews.
Jordan-Davis, Walter E.
One of the concerns expressed by educators nationwide is the alarmingly high numbers of students who withdraw from schools before graduating. In response to this concern, the Austin Independent School District interviewed 95 dropouts in their homes, asking them why they left school and what could have been done that would have enabled them to remain in school. Responses indicated that no one issue could fully explain school withdrawal. Social, personal, and academic issues were interwoven; however, school related issues were the most commonly mentioned, with inadequate academic preparation, especially in reading and writing, mentioned as a primary reason for withdrawal. The ability to work was the most commonly cited advantage to dropping out, although employment concerns were also listed as the primary disadvantage. The findings suggest that providing all students with the opportunity to develop basic academic skills in the early grades could reduce the number of dropouts. (JAC)
Descriptors: Dropout Attitudes, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Research, Dropouts, High School Students, High Schools, Low Achievement, Predictor Variables, School Holding Power, Student Needs, Student School Relationship
Office of Research and Evaluation, AISD, 6100 Guadalupe, Box 79, Austin, TX 78752.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984). Parts of Attachment A may be marginally legible due to small print.