ERIC Number: ED435875
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
A Behavioral Peer Group Approach To Combat Truancy in the Middle School.
This practicum describes the development of a weekly peer group program for students who were at risk for truancy status. Participants were culturally diverse middle school students from low to middle class families. Interviews were conducted to determine reasons for missing school. Responses included illness, lack of motivation mostly from academic failure, lack of connectedness to school, and waking up late. An intervention program included the following components: (a) bi-weekly group meetings during homeroom; (b) student contract daily attendance sheets; (c) discussion sessions regarding issues of non-school attendance and goal setting for academic achievement; and (d) on-going contact with parent and community liaison personnel. Success measures were reported by comparing baseline attendance data across 10 weeks of program implementation. An increase in motivation to attend school was determined by administing a post questionnaire. Data analysis revealed that use of peer group sessions resulting in reduction of excused absences for all students involved. Parents' participation in reporting their child's absense was reported as being responsive and supportive. (Contains 24 references and five appendixes.) (Author/JDM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Behavioral Objectives, Behavioral Science Research, Cultural Influences, Environmental Influences, Family School Relationship, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Parent Child Relationship, Peer Counseling, Peer Groups, Peer Relationship, Student Motivation, Student School Relationship, Truancy
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova Southeastern University.