ERIC Number: EJ1058960
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
Understanding In-School Truancy
Shute, Jonathan W.; Cooper, Bruce S.
Phi Delta Kappan, v96 n6 p65-68 Mar 2015
The usual view is that truants are lost and troubled juveniles with psychological problems. While the authors agree that many well-known sociological and environmental factors promote truancy, they also confront more disconcerting causes: curriculum and pedagogy. Truancy is much too widespread to continue classifying it as the behavior of social and educational misfits. In recent years new assertions have been made that most truants aren't social deviants; rather they're students who become truant as a rational decision. In other words, these rational decision makers are wandering from the appointed place--the school and the classroom--because in their perceptions these places aren't beneficial for them.
Descriptors: Truancy, Classification, Decision Making, Behavior Problems, Emotional Disturbances, Teaching Methods, Learner Engagement, Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Improvement, Teacher Evaluation
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