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ERIC Number: ED261326
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Feb-14
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
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School Leavers: A Self-Report during Summer of 1983.
Caple, Diana
To examine why school leavers have difficulty completing high school and to study their long- and short-term career decisions, 250 school leavers or potential school leavers, aged 18-21, were surveyed. Based on 172 returns (69 percent), respondents were classified in three subgroups: (1) those who left high school, tried an alternative program but received no diploma or General Educational Development high school equivalency diploma (GED) (N=66); (2) those who left high school, but completed an alternative program and received a diploma or GED (N=35); and (3) potential leavers attending both high school and an alternative program (N=71). All three groups indicated they had difficulties in school (attendance problems, falling behind in credits, suspension). Academic and social problems, family problems, job interests, and a combination of these were the main reasons listed for dropping out; however 28 percent of the respondents listed other reasons, e.g., did not try, pregnancy, bored, drugs. Data for jobs and career goals showed that 42 percent of respondents were working, 39 percent were not working, 3 percent were in college, and 16 percent were in some combination of these categories. (Tables showing categories and percentages of responses and the survey questionnaires are included.) (MCF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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