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ERIC Number: EJ1056392
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
Homeless High School Students in America: Who Counts?
Cumming, John M.; Gloeckner, Gene W.
Administrative Issues Journal: Education, Practice, and Research, v2 n2 p104-111 2012
After interviewing homeless high school students, the research team in a Colorado school district discovered that many students had not revealed their true living conditions (homelessness) to anyone in the school district. This research team developed an anonymous survey written around the homeless categories identified in the McKinney-Vento federal legislation. Results revealed students who identified as homeless for a portion of their high school years in numbers and percentages alarmingly higher than the district had on file. In fact, over 25 times as many homeless students were identified by this process than by the previously-used district system for identifying homelessness. An equally alarming finding is that very few students identified their homeless status to a teacher, counselor, or school administrator. This article identifies statistical patterns to predict homelessness and provides recommendations for administrative practices.
Descriptors: Homeless People, High School Students, Surveys, School Districts, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Predictor Variables, Administrator Responsibility, Adolescents, At Risk Students, Qualitative Research, Student Mobility, Data Collection, Regression (Statistics), Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Stewart B McKinney Homeless Assistance Act 1987