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ERIC Number: ED358993
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 7
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The Dropout Problem as Perceived by School Psychologists and Administrators.
Bull, Kay; And Others
A survey of 1,300 school administrators and 441 school psychologists examined perceptions of the causes of dropping out (891 administrators returned usable surveys for a response rate of 71.8%; the school psychologists' sample was part of a larger study that had yielded a response rate of 57%). Using a 5-point Likert scale, respondents rated 42 items on two questions: whether the item contributed to dropping out and whether enough research had been conducted to resolve that aspect of the dropout problem. Overall, the cause of dropping out ranked highest by school administrators and school psychologists was a dysfunctional or unstable family life, followed by lack of hope of graduating, substance abuse, emotional problems, alienation from school, parental problems, illiteracy, frustration, child abuse, and truancy. Males were more likely to identify causes related to parental and community support, while females identified causes that resided in the treatment of the child (educationally, socially, or economically). School administrators tended to choose items related to family and community over school-related items. School psychologists tended to believe dropping out was related to lack of money or parent support. Few differences emerged among rural, urban, and suburban groups. Rural respondents were more likely than others to cite conflict with teachers as a contributing factor. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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