An Investigation of the Impact of the Socioeconomic Status of Families on Their Children’s

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Running head: An investigation of the socioeconomic status of families on their

children’s chances of dropping out of high school

An investigation of the impact of the socioeconomic status of families on their children’s

chances of dropping out of high school

Prairie View A & M University

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Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling

Research CNSL

Table of Contents
Abstract ……………………………………………………………………………… 3 Chapter 1 Statement of the Problem ………………………………………………….. 3 Introduction ………………………………………………………..……….….. 3 Statement of the Problem ……………………………………………..……….. 5 Purpose of the Study …………………………………………………..………. 6 Research Question ……………………………………………………..………. 6 Research Hypothesis ………………………………………………………..….. 6 Null Hypothesis ……………………………………………………………….... 6 Significance of the Problem …………………………………………………..... 6 Operational Definition of Terms ………………………………………….. ….... 8 Chapter 2 Review of Literature……………………………………………………… 12 Chapter 3 Method …………………………………………………………………….. 21 Research Method ………………………………………………………………..21 Research Design ……………………………………………………………….. 21 Target Population …………………………………………………………….. 22 Sample of Participants …………………………………………………………. 22 Instrumentation ………………………………………………………………. 22 Statistical Techniques ………………………………………………………….. 23 Data Analysis ………………………………………………………………….. 23 Research Procedure Summary ………………………………………………… 23 References ……………………………………………………………………. 24 Appendix …………………………………………………………………….. 25 Survey Instrument ……………………………………………………..… 25-26

Consent Form ………………………………………………………………27 Abstract

The dropout rate among high school students is a very serious issue that should never go unnoticed. It is a topic which should concern everyone no matter if you have school aged children in your family. This is a problem that concerns everyone in the entire community. The rate of students dropping out of high school has increased drastically over the years. It is very important for all to understand why children are dropping out of school at such rapid rates. It is a problem that is occurring more and more. By the ninth grade, many children have already thought about dropping out. Many have already planted in their minds they will not succeed in school, or they are not made for school. There can be many things that contribute to this problem. It is said a family’s socioeconomic status will increase a student’s chance make the decision not to complete high school. This research will address socioeconomic status and its relation to the increase or influence of a student’s decision to drop out of high school. Research will also dig a little deeper to see if there are any other factors other than socioeconomic status, which can influence or play a part in the student’s decision to drop out. Researchers will survey a total of thirteen individuals, three personally known to the researchers, and ten enrolled in the General Equivalence Degree (GED) program at a facility in Houston, Texas. These individuals are former students of the Houston Independent School District and are currently enrolled and studying to obtain their GED. The goal of this research is to create awareness, but also to investigate the cause of the great number of high school dropouts, and if a family’s socioeconomic status plays a major role in their decision making.

The rate of high school students dropping out is on the rise. “Nationwide, about seven thousand students drop out every school day. This statistic may not have been noticed fifty years ago, but the era during which a high school dropout could earn a living wage has ended in the United States.” (Alliance for Excellent Education, 2010, p1). In the United States today, it is very difficult for someone without at a college degree or at least some college experience, to earn a decent living. African Americans are ranking at the top of the list with the highest number of students dropping out of...
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