ERIC Number: ED388735
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Caring for Kids. A Critical Study of Urban School Leavers.
Altenbaugh, Richard J.; And Others
The study reported concentrated on school leavers in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) who returned (dropbacks) to Job Corps Programs over an 8-year period. Interviews with 100 dropbacks explored who left school, why they left school, what caused them to come back, and the kinds of interventions that might succeed with other students. Part 1 provides a contextual framework for the dropout problem in Pittsburgh, other large cities, and the nation. Part 2 concentrates on student perspectives of schooling, focusing on student decisions about continuing in school. Part 3 analyzes the findings of the interviews and offers policy recommendations. Absenteeism, low achievement, feelings of alienation, school suspension, and early parenthood preceded dropping out for many students. These findings point to areas that reform efforts must address. Systemic change, altered school climate, smaller class size and better access to counselors, greater flexibility, and programs that reflect more caring, such as child care, are all needed to reduce the dropout problem. An appendix contains the interview protocol. (Contains 1 table and 210 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Class Size, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Educational Policy, High Schools, Intervention, Interviews, Job Training, Nontraditional Education, Reentry Students, Stopouts, Student Attitudes, Urban Schools, Urban Youth
The Falmer Press, Taylor & Francis Inc., 1900 Frost Road, Suite 101, Bristol, PA 19007 (paperback: ISBN-0-7507 0193-5, $24.95; casebound: ISBN-0-7507-0192-7).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh)