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Causes, findings and recommendations on absenteeism among students One of the most annoying, if unavoidable experiences of teachers like me is dealing with student absenteeism. We prepare lesson plans with the objective that 100% of the class will learn from the day’s classroom activities. And it is most satisfying when all students are present on that day and the days thereafter to ensure maximum learning. Sadly, it is very difficult to achieve a perfect attendance among my students.No matter how interesting and well-prepared my lessons and teaching materials are, there are bound to be students who miss out the day’s activities, willingly or unwillingly. This is particularly true to those of us teaching in the public schools. We all know that almost half or maybe majority of our students come from poverty-stricken families or from families whose meager income is just enough to put food on their tables. _________________________________________________________________ Absenteeism among my students is one of the problems which I would like to minimize, if not eradicate completely. That is why I conducted an action research to understand them better. I don’t want to rely on the reasons or causes I read in magazines, books or the web. This would provide me with a more accurate analysis of why some of my students are perennial absentees. This would help me formulate plans, projects and programs to minimize their absences. I hope that it would also enlighten you , the readers.Even if you may not be part of the school system, who knows, you might be of help in one way or another to solve student absenteeism. Please read on… ________________________________________________________________ | Action Research by Ernest T. Stringer (2007, Hardcover) third editionCurrent Bid: $4.99| No Photo| All You Need To Know About Action ResearchCurrent Bid: $5.50| | DOING ACTION RESEARCH IN YOUR OWN ORGANIZATION by David Coghlan & T. BrannickCurrent Bid: $34.99|

Causes of Absenteeism Among the Grade VI Students of Zapote Elementary School School Year 2010-2011 Abstract
Student absenteeism is a perennial problem of all teachers. Every curriculum year, it is one of the problems that they have to contend to. It is not only the teachers who are concerned with this problem but the school administrators as well. This action research examined the causes of absenteeism of the Grade VI students of Zapote Elementary School for the school year 2010-2011. When they were in Grade V, they were the class which has the most number of absentees everyday. This was gathered from the data contained in the daily attendance record being passed around and kept by the teacher-leader’s office everyday and is regularly filled up by the teachers in each grade level for the whole year. Now that they are in Grade VI, some of them are still frequent absentees. It is for this reason that this research was undertaken. It has the end in view of understanding and correcting such undesirable pupil behavior. Based on the findings, methods/strategies were recommended to minimize, if not eradicate absenteeism or truancy. _________________________________________________________________ Introduction

Absenteeism, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary means chronic absence. In the context of the school it is the habitual or intentional failure from going to school. It cannot be denied that every now and then, students may miss some school activities and lessons. But it becomes a problem if the student will be away from school for many days. Going to school regularly is crucially important for a student’s education and social skills. Chronic absentee students are placed at a disadvantage both socially and academically. They miss out on critical stages of social interaction and development with their peers and at the same time impacts negatively on their academic progress. This can result to low self-esteem, social isolation and dissatisfaction that could well have...
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