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A Mixed-Methods Investigation of an Attendance Program in a Missouri School District
by Sutherlin, Lindsay, Ed.D., Lindenwood University, 2017, 144; 10268200
Abstract (Summary)

In pursuance of analyzing attendance at Midwest High School (a pseudonym), the researcher examined the attendance program’s effect on the junior class. The goal of the researched attendance program was to find what worked in the program, what needed to be changed, and how effective was the program. In order to evaluate the program, the researcher used a software system, Pulse, to collect all quantitative data. The data system gave all numerical information covering attendance from the 2015–2016 school year. Qualitative data was used to analyze the students’ reactions and responses to the then-current attendance program. Students who were juniors in the 2015–2016 school year were asked to take a voluntary survey about the attendance program. This data was coded and used to make recommendations regarding changes to be made and essentials already within the program. A focus group was also held and led by a student at Midwest High School. The focus group’s answers were used to elaborate upon the program’s faults and positives. The researcher analyzed both the quantitative and qualitative data and compared answers of the students to find out what were the most popular and least popular aspects of the attendance program, along with how the students perceived the program. Additionally, the rate of attendance was measured and analyzed to validate if the program was working by examining the percentage of students attending school. The data showed the program as working, and many of the students in the survey and focus group liked pieces of the program. Overall, a theme emerged that the program worked, but changes needed to be made. The researcher suggests that incentives be added to the program and contact with parents shift from weekly to a modified grouping of students who are in need of reminders and on a bi-weekly basis.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Elder, Robyne
Commitee: Hoven, Nathan, Weir, Graham
School: Lindenwood University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 78/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational evaluation, Secondary education
Keywords: Attendance incentives, School attendance
Publication Number: 10268200
ISBN: 978-1-369-70762-5
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