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ERIC Number: ED371149
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 28
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The Attitude toward School of Secondary Special Education Students with High, Moderate, and Low Attendance Rates.
McCabe, Patrick P.; And Others
A study assessed the underlying dynamics of attendance rates of secondary school special education students at risk for dropping out. Seventy-eight mildly disabled special education students enrolled in an urban work readiness program were interviewed to assess the effects of job and affective skill training on their attitudes toward school. Only feelings of belonging to the school culture differentiated among students with low, moderate, and high attendance rates. The data supported the proposition that students with low attendance rates were more strongly affected by outside influences (friends, home responsibilities) than by school-related activities and job training. Five characteristics were identified as indicative of alienation from the school culture and early dropping out: being a loner, absences condoned by the home, unique dress characteristics, full-time employment, and drugs and/or erratic, hostile behavior. (Appendixes include interview response form and percentage of responses by attendance rate, and follow-up interview script. Contains 21 references.) (Author/YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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