ERIC Number: EJ865395
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 12
Frequent Absences? Help Students Keep up, Not Drop out
Butts, Patricia H.
Kappa Delta Pi Record, v45 n4 p163-165 Sum 2009
Absenteeism, which is increasing at an alarming rate, is becoming the gateway to dropping out of school altogether. One way to combat this trend is for educators to implement strategies and interventions for students returning from frequent absences in an effort to keep their make-up workload feasible and to help them maintain their grades. Otherwise, as many studies indicate, this mountain of make-up work may be perceived as insurmountable and be the very thing that drives them to the brink of dropping out. While penalties for low attendance have been found ineffective, enforcing make-up work was cited by students as the "most powerful deterrent" to missing class. With effective strategies, teachers can help students with frequent absences keep up with the workload. In this article, the author presents strategies teachers can use to effectively organize, track, and encourage students to complete missing work.
Descriptors: Teacher Role, Attendance, Dropouts, Educational Strategies, Intervention, Assignments, Academic Achievement, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Internet, Lesson Plans
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