ERIC Number: ED449218
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
A Comprehensive Needs Assessment To Facilitate Prevention of School Drop Out and Violence.
Hunt, Mary Helen; Meyers, Joel; Davies, Gwen; Meyers, Barbara; Grogg, Kathryn
This study addresses school violence and school drop out and proposes that the underlying factor of school connectedness/school climate should guide preventive and intervention efforts. Data were gathered from five schools in a small city school district in north Georgia. Group and individual interviews served as the basis for constructing a 78-item districtwide survey administered to 304 school employees. Data are presented on individual items from the survey, mean scale scores reflecting the five areas of the survey, and a principal components analysis. Differences between scale scores were noted as a function of whether respondents were from the central office or from elementary or secondary schools. The five scales were moderately correlated, with a range from 0.389 to 0.695. Principal components analysis revealed five distinct factors of school connectedness/positive school climate, causes of disruptive or violent behavior, causes of school completion or school disengagement, interventions for dropout, and interventions for disruptive or violent behavior. Implications for research and practice are discussed. (Contains 4 tables and 32 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 24-28, 2000).