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Title:Elementary School Absenteeism and Truancy: Perceptions and Responses of Chicago Principals Under School Reform
Author(s):Jordak, William Louis
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Paul Thurston
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Administration
Abstract:The major findings which emerged from a combined analysis of interview and survey data indicated that local schools had not fully understood, internalized, nor accepted their site-based responsibilities regarding attendance and truancy issues. Major findings included: (1) Principals tended to perceive truancy and absenteeism to be more serious throughout the system than in their own schools. (2) Principals did not uniformly see themselves as having the primary responsibility for attendance and truancy matters in their schools. (3) There was an incongruity of response in terms of strategic interventions chosen to address the problems of truancy and absenteeism perceived by the principals. (4) Principals frequently indicated a need for increased central administrative involvement and support but overlooked the role of the local school itself in attendance improvement. (5) A strong orientation toward punitive resolution of truancy issues was apparent in the comments of the principals. (6) Schools with low attendance were found to utilize practices of communication and support in responding to truancy problems less frequently than were schools with average and high attendance.
Issue Date:1998
Description:330 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9834696
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:1998

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