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ERIC Number: ED499102
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 97
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 67
Evaluation of Student Attrition in an Alternative School Setting
Johnson, Janel L.
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Background: This study involves 50 participants from a rural county in S.W. Georgia and examines the conditions and settings that existed at the target school as to the increase in student attrition at the alternative school. Purpose: To take a closer look at the student attrition problem in the target school and make contributions to begin to reverse this issue and increase graduation rates. Setting: alternative school setting in Southwest Georgia. Study Sample: 50 participants from the community including Juvenile probation staff, Community Leaders, and student drop outs, etc. Intervention: Increasing one-on-one mentoring, identifying at-risk students, and collaborating with the community as to enlist their support, etc. Research Design: Interview; Data Collection and Analysis: Data were collected via face-to-face interviews, survey methods, and a focus group session facilitated by the principal investigator. Findings: Alternative school is making strides to decrease this issue and students are accessing resources to better prepare for graduation. Conclusion: Additional resources are needed for students in this setting including district support, community support, and constant collaboration between school administrators and parents. Citation: Numerous sources were cited throughout this manuscript and all contributed to recommendations and final conclusions to this study. (The following are appended: (1) Focus Group Questions; (2) Factors Contributing to Student Attrition in the Alternative School Setting; (3) Summary of Respondents' Comments, Concerns, and Conclusions of Individual Interview Sessions; (4) Individual Interview Questions; (5) Summary of Respondents' Comments, Concerns, and Conclusions from Focus Group Session; (6) Characteristics of Student Dropout Respondents; (7) Summary of Student Responses to Open-Ended Survey Questions; and (8) Responses From Students who are Actively Pursuing a GED or Alternative.) [Ed.D. Dissertation, Nova Southeastern University.]
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia