Capstone/Dissertation Title

The influence of causal factors related to student attendance at urban and suburban junior high and middle schools in the state of Minnesota

Term

2006

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed is, What factors influence attendance of all students, particularly those who are often truant at urban and suburban junior high and middle schools in the state of Minnesota? This study examines how factors such as school climate, student connectedness with staff, race, poverty, availability of truancy intervention and reduction programs, student attendance policies and programs work in combination to influence school attendance rates. The research method was a combination of evaluation research and qualitative comparative analysis. Several data collection and analysis tools examine the documents related to thirteen targeted schools. The researcher concluded that in both urban and suburban communities, a strong attendance policy is present with any combination of factors in schools with stable or increased attendance rates.

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