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Title:The impact of a 1982 change in the Juvenile Code on truancy rates and procedures in selected high schools
Author(s):Crames, Joel Samuel
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Thurston, Paul W.
Department / Program:Law
Education, Administration
Discipline:Law
Education, Administration
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ed.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Law
Education, Administration
Abstract:The primary focus of this study was to identify the impact of a 1982 change in the Illinois Juvenile Code on truancy rates and procedures in selected high schools. In addition, this study reviewed other factors that may affect truancy rates such as: the professional background of personnel who work with truants; the size of the school; and the districts' rules and regulations for dealing with truants.
Data in this study came from six sources. The first source was the ISBE (1984) report, entitled Truancy in Illinois Public Schools, which identified districts used in the study. The second source was a mailed survey requesting the respondents' participation in the study, profile information, and a copy of their truancy policies for the school years 1980-81 and 1983-84. A third source of data was a telephone survey requesting the subjects responses to six questions. A fourth source was the schools' handbooks for the school years 1980-81 and 1983-84. The fifth source was a State of Illinois printout of the districts' truancy counts during the years 1983-1992. The final source was a second telephone survey requesting information regarding inconsistencies found in the state truancy data for the years 1983-1992.
This study found no statistically significant increase or decrease in the truancy rate after the 1982 change in the Juvenile Code. In reviewing state truancy statistics from 1983 through 1992, it was discovered that frequent inconsistencies exist within truancy categories for several districts. In addition, this study concluded that the professional background of personnel that work with truants as well as the size of the school has no impact in reducing the truancy rate. This study found some procedures had a tendency to reduce the truancy rate. Finally, subjects' opinions of the change in the Juvenile Code and their perceptions of ideal truancy procedures were identified. While the study produced some mixed results, the evidence collected supports the view that the 1982 change in the Juvenile Code did not have an impact on truancy rates and procedures in high schools.
Issue Date:1994
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/19153
Rights Information:Copyright 1994 Crames, Joel Samuel
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9503171
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9503171


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