ERIC Number: ED470561
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
A Qualitative Analysis of the Alberta Learning Removing Barriers to High School Completion Report. System Improvement and Reporting.
Alberta Learning, Edmonton.
The purpose of this document is to compare and contrast "Removing Barriers to High School Completion--Final Report" (2001) with the qualitative study entitled "Early School Leaving: A Young Offender Perspective" (2001). The study is organized into four sections. The first section presents an overview of early school leaving within a Canadian context and consists of the purpose of the study, the justification for early school leaving research, costs and consequences of early school leaving, deviance and the early school leaver, the significance of the two studies, and definitions of terms. The second section presents a review of the literature examining family background, personal, school, and criminal characteristics related to early school leaving. The third section of the paper identifies and discusses differences and common themes of the two studies. To provide a framework for the comparison and contrast of the two studies, twelve key issues are addressed: social climate; attitudinal factors toward the school environment; environmental stability; child abuse; family influences; neighborhood and community; individual characteristics; companions; number of high schools attended and suspensions; cognitive ability; school behavior problems; and employment, finances, high school credits, and future plans. When practical, the findings of the present study are compared with data from national studies. Recommendations of the report are presented in the fourth section. The recommendations, organized into two parts, are a synthesis based on the findings and conclusions of the two studies, the research literature, and the researcher's experience. (Contains 389 references.) (GCP)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Delinquency, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Research, Foreign Countries, High School Students, High Schools, School Holding Power
Alberta Learning, System Improvement and Reporting Div., Devonian Bldg., 11160 Jasper Ave., Edmonton, Alberta T5K 0L2. Tel: 780-422-8668; Fax: 780-422-8345; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.learning.gov.ab.ca.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Administrators; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Alberta Learning, Edmonton.
Identifiers - Location: Canada