ERIC Number: ED309554
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Student Retention and Transition in Ontario High Schools: Policies, Practices, and Prospects. Student Retention and Transition Series.
Lawton, Stephen B.; And Others
The purpose of this study was to determine what Ontario high schools might do in order to increase student retention. Four approaches were taken. The first focuses on the social ecology of high schools, looking at how they relate to their environment. The second focuses on organizational characteristics that others have reported are associated with more effective schools. The third, an ethnographic approach, views the world through the eyes of students in the process of dropping out. The fourth focuses on the transition from school to work viewed as a rite of passage. A literature review to identify variables, questionnaire surveys, and case studies of schools were the research methods used. All staff members in all secondary schools in six public school board districts in various parts of the province received questionnaires. Survey data were used from 58 of the 95 high schools, and 2,250 questionnaires were analyzed. Seven school sites in four school board districts were selected for the case studies. The evidence collected for this study suggests that increasing numbers of students are dropping out of Ontario high schools. Furthermore, the impact of school and student culture on variation in retention rates was established. (Author/JAM)
Descriptors: Attendance, Case Studies, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Programs, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Educational Assessment, Foreign Countries, High Schools, Literature Reviews, Questionnaires, School Effectiveness, School Holding Power, School Role, Statistical Surveys, Student Attrition, Student Development, Withdrawal (Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ontario Dept. of Education, Toronto.
Identifiers - Location: Canada