ERIC Number: ED268666
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-May
Preventing Dropouts. The Best of ERIC on Educational Management, Number 83.
ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.
Preventing dropouts is the main topic of the 12 publications reviewed in this annotated bibliography. A statistical analysis of dropouts in Portland, Oregon, revealed that the correlation by school was far greater than correlation by residential area. In another study, approximately 155 droputs were questioned and most believed that the school system had given up on them. Responses from 44 administrators of exemplary vocational education programs gave the highest rating for dropout prevention to students' self-concept development. Beck and Muia summarized the literature on dropouts and found the key factor to be the student's socioeconomic class. Programs that work in preventing dropouts are described in three publications. O'Connor studied 3 effective dropout programs and highlights 10 characteristics of effective programs, emphasizing such points as identifying potential dropouts earlier, and encouraging, rather than coercing, students to participate in special programs. Wehlage presents a set of guidelines for the marginal student. Mahood summarizes the cost to society of dropouts and recommends inschool suspension for disruptive students. The Sarasons report on an experiment in social skills training. Finally, a report summarizing the findings of a conference of high school administrators suggests that high school students be allowed the option of spreading their education over a longer period. (MLF)
Descriptors: Dropout Prevention, Dropout Programs, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Elementary Secondary Education, Interpersonal Competence, Literature Reviews, Nontraditional Education, School Effectiveness, Socioeconomic Status
Publication Sales, ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, University of Oregon, 1787 Agate Street, Eugene, OR 97403 (free).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.