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ERIC Number: ED547516
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 153
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2674-5312-9
A Project Addressing Educational Leaders' Awareness of Literature-Based Best Practices in Supporting Student Attendance
Dewey, Connie; Aaron, Bonnie; Miller, Cathy
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Saint Louis University
This report describes a problem-based learning project focusing on superintendents' awareness of literature-based best practices in supporting student attendance. The project focused on two guiding questions: Do educational leaders have awareness of literature-based practices and strategies that increase student attendance? Do educational leaders utilize best practices and strategies to increase student attendance? The project team found evidence in the literature indicating student attendance is an important school variable related to student achievement. School district leaders are faced with the issue of student absenteeism along with their awareness of best practices in supporting student attendance. This project sought to determine if superintendents are aware of and utilize literature-based best practices in supporting student attendance. Three constructs emerged from the review of the literature by the project team. These constructs included eighteen recommendations to support student attendance. The constructs are: school attendance policies, attendance tracking management systems, and school-based attendance strategies. The recommendations within each construct were grounded in the literature and reviewed by an expert panel. The feedback received from the expert panel was used by the project team to refine the literature-based best practice recommendations. The team developed an interview protocol used to gather information from superintendents to elicit a representation of the district administrators' awareness of the recommendations for improving student attendance. The project team's analysis of the district administrator interviews determined although each district administrator identified some of the indicators of the student attendance recommendations, none identified all. In addition, other factors were identified that appeared to influence superintendents' concern for student attendance. Based on these findings, the team concluded the development of a resource was needed to provide recommendations for leaders to address student attendance. The team developed a resource, Frameworks for Leaders to Address Student Attendance, to ensure literature-based best practices supporting student attendance are accessible to educational leaders. Recommendations and implications were made to school administrators, institutions of higher learning, and state departments of education to improve superintendents' awareness and use of the literature-based best practice recommendations in supporting student attendance. [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: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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