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Title: An exploration of pupils', parents' and teachers' perceptions of the causes of pupil non-attendance and the reasons for improvements in attendance
Author: Aucott, Clare
ISNI:       0000 0004 5365 4964
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2014
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Non-attendance has been explored by educationalists since compulsory education was introduced (Brown, 1983; Irving and Parker-Jenkins; 1995). However, few studies have focused on cases of improved attendance and furthermore, triangulated the views of pupils, parents and teachers in such cases. The current study employed a multiple case study design to explore the views of pupils, parents and teachers with regards to the causes of the pupils’ non-attendance and the reasons for the improvements in their attendance. It was found that the greatest improvement in attendance was evident when there was a shared understanding of the causes of non-attendance between at least the parent and teacher, the interventions put in place aimed to address these causes and there was a shared responsibility for improving attendance. In addition to this, the findings highlighted a number of factors that may lead to further improvements in the pupils’ attendance. These included: teachers recognising and addressing school related factors; a greater understanding of the reasons for the pupils’ refusal behaviour; the pupils’ views being acted upon; and consideration of the impact of the pupils’ non-attendance. The implications of the findings with regards to the professional practice of Educational Psychologists are discussed along with future research.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.App.Ed.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: L Education (General)