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ERIC Number: ED436531
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 21
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Trying To Predict Dropouts at Grade Seven.
Frymier, Jack
Two papers by the same author describe efforts to predict school dropouts by collecting information from students and teachers during grade seven. In the first paper, "Trying To Predict School Dropouts at Grade Seven," researchers developed an instrument, "Is This True for Me?" based on the Junior Index of Motivation (JIM) originally developed in the 1960s, along with procedures for measuring student motivation and assessing risk. Information collected from several middle level schools in six urban districts was analyzed, and a report was prepared for each school and school district that was involved. This instrument was studied in more detail as described in the second paper, "Further Development and Validation of a Motivation Index." Teachers in 33 middle level or junior high schools in 6 urban districts administered the "Is This True for Me?" scale to all seventh graders. Results indicate that the revised JIM scale, "Is This True for Me?" is a valid measure of students' motivation to learn in school. It should be a useful predictor of the likelihood of young people dropping out of school before graduation. The scale is attached. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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