ERIC Number: ED313141
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Reducing Excessive Absenteeism among First Grade Public School Students.
Doty, Jeanice J.
An elementary school teacher designed and implemented a program intended to reduce excessive absenteeism among first grade public school students. The program consisted of four basic parts: (1) perusal of attendance cards and grade books prior to treatment; (2) implementaton of treatment; (3) post-perusal of attendance cards and grade books; and (4) tabulation of results. Students in the treatment group participated in a program designed to reduce absenteeism through the implementation of a high incentive program involving parents and students that lasted for 10 weeks. The intervention involved distribution of a "Welcome Back" sticker intended to establish rapport with students receiving the treatment; establishment of rapport with a comparison group of students in another first grade class; discussion of the importance of daily class attendance; a math lesson on counting absences from attendance cards; and a language lesson concerning ways in which students could arrive at school on time on a daily basis. As a result of the intervention, students in the treatment group increased in attendance up to 90 percent or more and received grades of C or higher during the treatment period. Appendices provide a sample attendance card, a table illustrating pre- and post-intervention results, and a dissemination package. (RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Practicum Report, Nova University.