ERIC Number: ED257210
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Student Absenteeism: Explanations, Problems and Possible Solutions.
Truax, Cynthia T.
Student absenteeism has become a major concern of educators, parents, and communities. Accordingly, this paper presents a series of annotations of articles addressing three aspects of this problem: (1) explanations of student absenteeism, including descriptions of the habitual offender, along with school, peer, and community influences; (2) problems faced by both the student and the community; and (3) possible solutions to these problems. The latter are grouped under the following subheadings: parental and community involvement, student accountability, behavior modification, and setting a limit (denial of course credit). Included as a word of caution is an article focusing on court litigation arising from academic penalties for absences. A thematic summary of the annotated articles follows, and then general conclusions are drawn from them. The investigation closes with five recommendations: (1) that schools assess the needs of students and of educators and administrators within each school environment before instituting a program to reduce absenteeism; (2) that a cross-section of school personnel, students, and community be involved in developing a program to reduce absenteeism; (3) that students direct and develop programs in schools where peer pressure is a major influence; (4) that policies be specifically directed toward habitually absent students; and (5) that programs and policies be evaluated frequently. A bibliography is included. (TE)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Note: Exit Project, Indiana University at South Bend.