ERIC Number: ED275932
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr-11
Reference Count: 0
Voices of Exiles: The Public Schools from the Dropout's Perspective.
Smith, Judith O.
Many studies of dropouts have examined race, gender, ethnic background, and socioeconomic status as factors predisposing students to drop out of school. A study was conducted to examine the school-related factors influencing high school students' decision to drop out, as well as the attitudes of high school dropouts toward public education today. Fifty high school dropouts enrolled in Adult Basic Education and General Educational Development test preparation classes were surveyed using questions identical or similar to questions asked in the 16th Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools (1984) and questions about their reasons for dropping out and attitudes toward teachers. The results revealed that students who had negative feelings toward school tended to drop out for school-related reasons and to have problems with academic success/failure and relationships with teachers and peers. Students with neutral attitudes toward school also tended to drop out for school-related reasons such as boredom or difficulty keeping up with schoolwork. Students with positive attitudes toward school and teachers were least likely to have dropped out for school-related reasons. (References, data tables, and the survey instrument are included.) (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master of Education in Special Education degree Research Project. Mansfield University.