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ERIC Number: ED518528
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 355
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1241-1237-4
Determining Relationships between Predictive Factors of High School Dropout and Student Engagement
Meagher, Jennifer L.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, St. Mary's University of Minnesota
Over the past several years, educational leaders and researchers have tried to find the causes for high school dropout. Studies have shown that both demographic and student factors have contributed to placing a student at risk for dropping out of high school. Most of the studies, however, have been conducted in urban or suburban settings. Additional research has been done to examine how students are cognitively, socially, and emotionally engaged in school. Often, students at risk of dropping out were found to have lower levels of engagement in each of the dimensions. This study endeavored to determine if relationships existed between traditional predictors of high school dropout and the dimensions of student engagement in a rural high school. Using the High School Survey of Student Engagement developed at Indiana University, the perceptions of students attending a rural Minnesota high school were gathered. Students were identified from responses to the instrument and separated by gender, grade level, ethnicity, home language, parent education level, socio-economic status, ways time was spent out of school, and perceptions of the school's structures. The quantitative data from 388 participants were analyzed using Chi-Square tests, and statistical significance was found in the dimensions of engagement for some traditional demographic risk areas. The data suggested that students' choices on how time was spent and their perceptions of school structure tended to have more negative relationships with school engagement than their demographic associations. This study has particular significance as it establishes reliability and validity for the High School Survey of Student Engagement not previously established by Indiana University. [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: High Schools
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Language: English
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