ERIC Number: EJ1061161
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
Short-Term Fun or Long-Term Gain: A Mixed Methods Empirical Investigation into Perceptions of Truancy among Non-Truants in Flanders
Keppens, G.; Spruyt, B.
Educational Studies, v41 n3 p326-340 2015
The purpose of the present study is to explore non-truanting youngsters' perceptions of truants and truancy. In-depth qualitative interviews (N: 8) are used to explore inductively the perceptions of truancy among non-truanting pupils in secondary education in Flanders (the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium). We use survey analysis (N: 3314) to assess the prevalence of different attitudes towards truancy and their mutual relationships, the prevalence of truants at school, individual risk factors for truancy, and school context variables. The results reveal two attitudes toward truancy: (1) disapproval of truancy and (2) the appeal of truancy. Factors that increased disapproval of truancy included attachment to school, attachment to parents, belief in school rules and cultural capital. Finding truancy attractive was associated with a lack of attachment to school and the presence of truants in the peer group. In the conclusion we elaborate on the implications of our findings.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Truancy, Interviews, Secondary School Students, Student Attitudes, Student Surveys, Risk, Predictor Variables, Peer Influence, Attachment Behavior, Mixed Methods Research, Multivariate Analysis, Regression (Statistics)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium