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NCJ Number: 150939 Find in a Library
Title: School Dropouts: Patterns and Policies
Editor(s): G Natriello
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 185
Sponsoring Agency: Teachers College Press
New York, NY 10027
Publication Number: ISBN 0-8077-2835-7
Sale Source: Teachers College Press
Teachers College
Columbia University
1234 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This anthology presents a panorama of the current thinking of researchers and policymakers concerned with the dropout problem in the schools.
Abstract: The first paper identifies the multiple problems involved in dropping out of school and examines the need for a multitude of policies to attack these problems. The author emphasizes the urgency of the problem and the need for action. Two papers analyze what is arguably the best national sample of data on high school dropouts, the "High School and Beyond" study conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics. The study produced data on the background and school experiences of a sizable sample of dropouts. Both articles show the usefulness of the data for a range of inquiries into the dropout problem. Another paper presents a case study of a New York City high school through an ethnographic analysis of its students and its dropouts. It focuses on the process by which students are allowed or forced to leave the school. Two papers address the likely impact of recent efforts to reform schools on those students least likely to graduate from high school. The final paper considers the implications the themes in the book for the development of an agenda for further research on the dropout problem. Key components of a comprehensive research program are suggested. Chapter notes and a subject index
Main Term(s): Juvenile educational services
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention; School dropouts
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