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ERIC Number: ED309914
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Apr-27
Pages: 27
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Rural Public School Dropouts: Data from High School and Beyond.
McCaul, Edward
This paper focuses on data concerning the characteristics, attitudes, and school experiences of rural dropouts. The discussion, which draws largely upon the High School and Beyond database, considers two primary concerns. The first deals with differences between rural dropouts and their rural counterparts who stayed in school. Areas of inquiry include: gender, grades, test scores, self-concept, locus of control, life values, and students' ratings of school conditions. The second consideration encompasses the differences between rural and urban dropouts relative to the same criteria. In general, results of the study were consistent with other analyses revealing differences in attitudes between dropouts and graduates. Although no gender-related differences were found, differences in socioeconomic status were pronounced. Rural dropouts rated their schools lower on all items than rural stayers, although both groups gave low ratings to effectiveness and fairness of discipline. The figures indicate that dropouts' lower self-esteem may be partially a result of negative school experiences rather than personality traits. Rural dropouts were more likely than urban dropouts to report homemaking or looking for work as activities after dropping out. Rural dropouts were also more likely to report getting a job or not getting along with teachers as the cause for dropping out. More than urban students, rural dropouts were more likely to be American Indian or white and more often reported leaving school to get married. Urban dropouts, who were more likely to be black or Hispanic, more often reported leaving school to support families or because friends were dropping out. This document recommends further research. This paper contains 14 tables. (TES)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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