School and Work Tardiness in High School Students

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SCHOOL AND WORK TARDINESS
IN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS IN RURAL WISCONSIN
by
Barbara Lee Weade
A Research Paper
Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the
Requirements for the
Master of Science Degree
in
Training and Development
Approved: 4 Semester Credits
________________________________________________
Dr. Joseph A. Benkowski, Research Advisor
The Graduate College
University of Wisconsin - Stout
May, 2004
ii
The Graduate College
University of Wisconsin Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751
ABSTRACT
Weade
Barbara
L.
(Writer)(Last Name)
(First)
(Middle Initial)
SCHOOL AND WORK TARDINESS IN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS IN RURAL
WISCONSIN
T
itle
Training & Development Dev
Dr. Joseph Benkowski
May 2004
80
(Graduate Program)
(Research Advisor)
(Month/Year)
(#Pgs)
American Psychological Association, 5th edition
Manual Style
Businesses expect employees to arrive at the workplace with basic Asoft skills@ which include personal attributes like punctuality. The purpose of this research study was to examine the relationship between school and work tardiness in high school students in rural central Wisconsin. The literature review covered tardiness and absences in the work and school environment, school failure and its relationship to school tardiness and absenteeism, school interventions to change deviant behavior, students= insights about deviant school behavior, the home influence on school tardiness and absences, and the effect of work on school behavior and iii

performance.
The research showed that working students are significantly different than their fellow students. Working students are more punctual at school classes, have fewer unexcused school absences, and have higher Grade Point Averages (GPA). The hypothesis that working students will exhibit the same tardiness pattern at work as well as at school was strongly supported. That is, students who were punctual at school were also punctual at work while students who were tardy at school were also tardy at work. Ancillary findings included a correlation between students tardiness and unexcused absences at school, a negative correlation between unexcused school absences and GPA, no significant differences between genders on tardiness and unexcused absences in school, a significantly higher GPA for females than for males, and a significant difference between high school grade levels and their tardiness and unexcused absence behavior. iv

TABLE OF CONTENTS
...................................................................................................................................................Page ABSTRACT...................................................................................................................................ii LIST OF TABLES........................................................................................................................vii LIST OF CHARTS........................................................................................................................ix CHAPTER I: RESEARCH PROBLEM AND OBJECTIVES........................................................1 Introduction........................................................................................................................1 Problem Statement...............................................................................................................2 Research Objectives.............................................................................................................2 Significance of the Study .....................................................................................................3 Limitations of the Study.......................................................................................................4 Assumptions........................................................................................................................5...
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