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ERIC Number: ED515040
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 142
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1096-5741-8
Too Late to Learn: Student Tardiness in the Middle School
Farrar, Ronald James
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Cambridge College
This study investigated the social, economic, emotional, medical and psychological reasons for student tardiness in a middle school setting. The National Education for Statistics indicates that student tardiness occurs at a rate of 3.3% to 9.5% each day for all students in kindergarten through grade twelve (Harrman, 2007). It is clear from literature that tardiness is a major problem. Not only do students lose valuable educational instruction when they arrive late, but they disrupt the educational environment and distract others who are in the class. Excessive student tardiness has a negative impact upon a student's future (Ried, 2000). Some of the implications are academic failure, high school drop-outs, emotional dependency, drug dependency, fighting and bullying (Chang & Romero, 2008). Student tardiness is a key factor in determining if a child will become at risk (Greenfield, 2002). Without intervention, tardy behaviors often result in serious emotional and social problems (Harrman, 2007). Within a qualitative design, the researcher interviewed chronically tardy students individually and in a focus group. Study findings evolved into functional suggestions for intervention strategies focused on students and parents which can be implemented by schools and local, state and national government agencies with the goal of reducing tardiness in the middle school. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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