Dissertation: Tera Diggs-Reynolds

Cohort 2, published 2011


The Untold Stories of Truant Students: A Case Study Analysis of Their Experiences at the Attendance Resource Center


Truancy is a nationwide epidemic and is the first sign that a student is in crisis. This research study looked into the perspectives of habitually truant students an underrepresented population in this research. This study captures the voices of truant students about paths that led them to truancy and the Attendance Resource Center. The Attendance Resource Center is a collaborative approach model truancy reduction program in Sacramento County. The researcher used constructivism and systems theory as the theoretical foundation for this study. The purpose of this study is to expand the research literature on truancy and provide practitioners and schools with a different perspective to truancy and information to reduce high school dropout rates. The study used grounded theory research methods to analyze the data, and recommendations for the education system.

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