Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Experiences of High School Dropouts in a Rural Community
by Olson, Wes, Ed.D., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2017, 69; 10276437
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study is to understand the factors that have led some students to drop out of a rural high school in Southern Illinois through a qualitative case study. A large body of research on dropouts has been conducted in large urban districts while the research on rural dropouts is lacking. This study also seeks to find out if research on dropouts in urban schools can be applied to schools in a rural setting. A sample of students who recently dropped out were interviewed as well as parents/guardians and faculty who knew the students. The central question of the study is: What is the experience of dropping out for students who drop out of high school? Sub questions include: What was school like for students? Why did the students drop out? What was dropping out like for them? Findings indicated the process of dropping out was the culmination of many complex factors and different for each participant. Findings from the study were, in part, consistent with prior research on dropouts.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Puchner, Laurel
Commitee: Buckley, Phillip, Yu, Tianlong
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 78/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Education
Keywords: Dropouts, High school
Publication Number: 10276437
ISBN: 978-0-355-05155-1
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