ERIC Number: ED316605
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
The Answer: Valuing Youth in Schools and Families. A Report on Hispanic Dropouts in the Dallas Independent School District.
Intercultural Development Research Association, San Antonio, TX.
This document reports on a 30-month study of the Hispanic dropout problem in the Dallas Independent School District (Texas). Information was gathered by the following means: (1) 746 personal, individual interviews and 337 telephone interviews with middle and high school students who had left school, students who had remained in school, and parents of both these groups; (2) surveys of and meetings with principals, teachers, and counselors of the 27 middle and high schools with Hispanic enrollments of at least 5 percent; and (3) district archival records. The relationships between the following factors and staying in or dropping out of school are reported: (1) student and parent characteristics; (2) language; (3) students' attitudes and perceptions; (4) participation in in-school and out-of-school activities; (5) schooling history; (6) positive and supportive environment; (7) student involvement with gang activity, substance abuse, or criminal behavior; (8) student and parent aspirations and expectations; (9) student, school, or family predictor variables; and (10) school characteristics that administrators, counselors, teachers, and parents perceive as having an effect on school holding power. Recommendations for the prevention and recovery of dropouts, based on a review of current research literature and focus group meetings conducted with administrators, counselors, and teachers selected from 12 schools with medium and high Hispanic enrollments, indicate the need for a comprehensive approach incorporating strategies that focus on the family, the student, and the school. Statistical data are included on nine tables and four figures. A glossary and a list of 42 references are appended. (FMW)
Descriptors: Dropout Prevention, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Family Characteristics, High Risk Students, High School Students, High Schools, Hispanic American Students, Hispanic Americans, Institutional Characteristics, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Predictor Variables, School Holding Power, Student Characteristics, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Dallas Independent School District, TX.
Authoring Institution: Intercultural Development Research Association, San Antonio, TX.