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by Lois Easton, Dan Condon & Michael Soguero — 2014
Engagement can prevent struggling students from dropping out, and re-engagement in learning can help struggling students who have dropped out return to school and graduate. This chapter presents a case study about a struggling student who dropped out and then came to Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center, became engaged in her learning, and graduated. The authors provide policy and practice recommendations as well as a discussion of factors that affect engagement.

by Jeffrey Jones — 2014
This chapter details an alternative high school’s implementation of choice theory and its influence on relational practices and student experience. Student narratives speak of how the school practices that are informed by choice theory promote engagement through a deliberate focus on developmental needs.

by Michael Gottfried — 2013
This study examines the effect of school absences on student achievement using a unique, comprehensive dataset of elementary school students in a large urban district. All findings indicate statistically significant, negative relationships between absences and achievement. Indeed, as the models become increasingly rigorous in an effort to derive causality, the negative effect of absences becomes more pronounced.

by Karl Alexander, Doris Entwisle & Nader Kabbani — 2001
From a life course perspective, high school dropout culminates a long-term process of disengagement from school. The present paper uses data from a representative panel of Baltimore school children to describe this unfolding process.

by Xin Ma — 1999
Drawing on the Longitudinal Study of American Youth, this study examines the effects of individual characteristics and different types of parental involvement on student participation in advanced mathematics.

by Thomas Hoffer — 1997
This study examines effects of legislation requiring high school students to complete at least three years of mathematics on three types of outcomes: the kinds of mathematics courses students complete during high school, high school dropout rates, and mathematics achievement test score gains during high school.

by Joseph Gerics & Miriam Westheimer — 1988
New York's Dropout Prevention Initiative (DPI) is examined from the perspective of Dewey's educational philosophy. DPI employs an approach which "blames the victim" in contrast to the Deweyan approach which considers the social organization of schools as critical. Three components of DPI are critiqued: attendance incentives, career education, and alternative education.

by Murry Nelson — 1988
How should the curriculum be modified to decrease the likelihood of dropping out? What are the cautions and cues for curriculum workers? This chapter addresses these problems.

by Bruce Kimball — 1986
The author questions whether the tension between what is "liberal" and what is "useful" is one of the oldest problems in education.

by Dale Mann — 1986
The author presents an overview of the dropout problem, pointing out that what is really a diverse set of problems requires multiple approaches.

by Gary Wehlage & Robert Rutter — 1986
Using data from High School and Beyond, a national longitudinal study of American high school students, this investigation focused on the role played by school factors in decisions to drop out. Recommendations for reform are presented.

by Floyd Hammack — 1986
The author examined school district reports on the dropout problem from several large urban school systems, looking specifically at the definition of dropout, information collection procedures, and the method used to determine the dropout rate. The need for greater consistency in such reports is discussed.

by George Morrow — 1986
The author suggests procedures to standardize the process of calculating dropout rates and to improve the validity and reliability of data on dropouts.

by Gary Natriello, Aaron Pallas & Edward McDill — 1986
The authors outline an agenda for research on the dropout problem, arguing that a comprehensive program of research should include data on student characteristics, school processes, the act of dropping out, and the economic and cognitive consequences of the failure of large numbers of students to complete high school.

by Ruth Ekstrom, Margaret Goertz, Judith Pollack & Donald Rock — 1986
Using data from High School and Beyond, a national longitudinal study of American high school students, the authors investigated who drops out, why one student drops out but not another, what dropouts do while peers remain in school, and what impact dropping out has on gains in tested achievement.

by Michelle Fine — 1986
An analysis of the conditions connected to dropping out of a New York City high school.

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Resources
  • Latina High School Leaving: Some Practical Solutions
    An examination of how gender roles, families, schools, and friends influence Latinas in their education and career decisions, and steps schools and society can take to help these girls feel accepted.
  • Essays in Education
    Essays in Education is a peer-reviewed electronic journal that seeks to explore the multitude of issues that impact and influence education.
  • High School Dropouts, by Race/Ethnicity and Recency of Migration
    Presents 1979, 1989, and 1997 data comparing dropout rates among Hispanics and other ethnic groups by recency of migration.
  • Educational Researcher
    Published by the American Educational Research Association, the Educational Researcher features section publishes manuscripts that report, synthesize, review, or analyze scholarly inquiry, especially manuscripts that focus on the interpretation, implication, or significance of R&D work in education, and manuscripts that examine developments important to the R&D field.
  • Factors Influencing GED and Diploma Attainment of High School Dropouts
    The study concludes that dropping out is not the end of a student's education, and more research should be directed toward returning dropouts.
  • Educational Policy
    International in scope and analytical in orientation, Educational Policy provides an interdisciplinary forum for improving education in primary and secondary schools, as well as in higher education and non-school settings.
  • NCES Dropout Rates 1999
    This report is the twelfth in a series of National Center for Education Statistics reports on high school dropout and completion rates.
  • Harvard Educational Review
    The Harvard Educational Review is a journal of opinion and research in the field of education. In addition to discussions and reviews of research and theory, HER welcomes articles that reflect on teaching and practice in educational settings in the United States and abroad.
  • Journal of Education
    The Journal of Education addresses students and educators with regard to pertinent issues in contemporary education.
  • Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk (JESPAR)
    JESPAR's goals are to provide the best research-based information possible to professionals involved with improving the education of students placed at risk, and to promote the use of that information through effective communications among researchers, policymakers, and practitioners in the field.
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