How can we make schools more attractive to students? How do we engage them in their own education? This book treats the fundamental issue of whether students are 'conscripts' required by law to attend school, or whether (due to non-attendance) we should begin to see them as 'consumers' of their education. Key questions are asked to determine when students choose to skip school, how often, and why. Topics include: gender, ethnic/racial differences, academic standing, grade level, and school rules. This is an excellent book for administrators and supervisors, teachers, parents, school board members, and policy-makers who set programs for schools that affect attendance.
Rita E. Guare is an associate professor in the Division of Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy, at the Fordham University Graduate School of Education in New York City. In addition, she is president of the university's Faculty Senate. Bruce S. Cooper is professor and vice chair, Division of Administration, Policy and Urban Education (APUE), at the Fordham University Graduate School of Education, New York City.
Chapter 1 List of Figures and Tables Chapter 2 Foreword Chapter 3 1 Truancy Revisited: From a Student Deficit Model to Rational Choice Theory Chapter 4 2 Truancy Analyzed: The Students' View Chapter 5 3 Fighting Truancy: A Three-Pronged Approach Chapter 6 Appendix: Student Truancy & Attendance Review (STAR-II) Chapter 7 References Chapter 8 Index Chapter 9 About the Authors