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ERIC Number: ED335202
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Pages: 32
Abstractor: N/A
The Dropout Problem: Superintendent's Priorities by School Locale.
Hyle, Adrienne E.; And Others
A national stratified random sample of superintendents (N=432) responded to a 42-item questionnaire listing probable causes of students dropping out. They were asked to identify causes that they believe should be given high priority as well as those that had the necessary research foundation from which to develop significant intervention programs. Responses were compared by rural, suburban, and urban school locale. There was little consensus on which causes possessed the necessary research base to guide interventions. Causes that were given high priority by suburban superintendents included the need to support a spouse or child, conflict with schools and teachers, being too old, having too many learning disabilities, and experiencing discrimination. Causes given high priority by urban superintendents were: lack of parental support of education; poverty; lack of daycare for children of teens; and discrimination. High-priority causes identified by rural superintendents were: being too old for the peer group, poverty, and lack of daycare for children of teens. The data support the belief of many superintendents that the most severe problems of dropouts are not those associated with public education but those of the children and their families. Much more education of superintendents is needed to increase their belief that they can affect changes that will help resolve the dropout problem; if this is not done, it is possible that superintendents will continue to blame the victims, not the schools, and to live with high dropout rates. It would also be helpful for Colleges of Education to report research on dropout programs in refereed publications as well as in periodicals read by administrators. Contains 53 references. (Author/KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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