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Dropouts--Prevention; Teacher effectiveness; Academic theses;


Researchers have studied potential reasons behind high school dropout for many years. This research has primarily focused on characteristics inherent to the student and has typically labeled them as being the main determinants for why students decide to drop out. Certainly student characteristics are important when looking at dropout, however there are other factors external to the student that may contribute to their leaving school. One such factor would be other individuals that students deal with on a daily basis while at school. Teachers may play a very important role in preventing school dropout. By interacting positively with students, especially those who are at risk for dropout, teachers may be able to positively influence whether or not a student stays in school. One construct that may affect a teachers' perceived role in dropout prevention is teacher efficacy. Teachers who have higher levels of efficacy may have a stronger belief regarding their ability to keep at risk students in school. This proposal will review past literature on dropout and teacher efficacy. Through the use of survey research, this study will aim to answer the following questions: (1) How are levels of teacher efficacy correlated with teachers' perceived role in dropout prevention? and (2) What factors do educators believe contribute to students' decisions to drop out of school?

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Specialist in Education


Department of Educational Psychology, Foundations, and Leadership Studies


Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

First Advisor

Barry J. Wilson


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