What Motivates High School Students to Drop Out? Essay by anathyn

What Motivates High School Students to Drop Out?
Discusses motivation theories and how they relate to high school drop outs.
# 60478 | 2,574 words | 9 sources | APA | 2005 | US

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This paper discusses several motivation theories from Educational Psychology. It then looks at each factor that affects the probability of a student dropping out of high school. Finally, the motivation theories are used to show what can be done to retain high school students within the educational framework.

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"Socio-economic status is another factor that helps determine whether a student will drop out. According to a study on GED and diploma attainment of high school dropouts, "socio-economic status was positively associated with degree attainment with a one point increase on the SES scale associated with an increase in the odds of returning of 1.34" (Wayman 2001). Many students from lower income families are not expected to finish high school as their parents or other role models did not; in contrast, they may have no choice but to drop out because they need to earn income for their family. In a student done in Australia, it was found that "family SES has been consistently found to be associated with participation in education, but the size of the effect is smaller than has sometimes been assumed" (Ainley, Foreman & Sheret 1991). Thus, many students may claim that socio-economic status is the reason that they dropped out, but it may have only been one of the influencing factors."

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