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ERIC Number: ED454477
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 17
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Perceptions of School Dropout: Different Viewpoints among Middle School Teachers, Absentee Students, and Their Parents in Taiwan.
Chen, Fu-mei
This study examines middle school teachers', absentee students', and their parents' perceptions of factors related to excessive school absences; perceptions of the degree to which they think they can contribute a solution to the problem; and expectations regarding one another's responsibility for the problem. Data was obtained from middle school teachers (N=9); middle school students (N=10) who had excessive school absences; and several parents (N=7), all who lived in the Taipei county of Taiwan. The data showed that although some teachers were able to identify factors related to excessive school absences from the three domains, most teachers tended to imply that the family factor was the main cause of the absentee problem. Parents were not sure about the reasons for their children's school absences and did not know what to do for their students. Absentee students showed little intention of solving the problem by themselves and expected assistance from either their schools or their family. The results provide information on teachers', students', and parents' perceptions of the school absence problem and offer suggestions on the development of effective intervention programs. To begin with, parents, teachers, and absentee students need to share their perceptions and difficulties with each other. Messages also need to be sent to students that teachers and parents will be working together on the school absence problem and that they are part of the team. (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan (Taipei)