Who Leaves and Why: an Examination of Latino Student Attrition from a Selective Public School Thematic Choice Program in San Antonio, Texas Metadata

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  • Main Title Who Leaves and Why: an Examination of Latino Student Attrition from a Selective Public School Thematic Choice Program in San Antonio, Texas


  • Author: Thomas, Kathryn, 1948-
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Chair: Kemerer, Frank R.
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Major Professor
  • Committee Member: Norris, Cathleen A.
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Minor Professor
  • Committee Member: Godwin, R. Kenneth
    Contributor Type: Personal
  • Committee Member: Tipps, R. Steven
    Contributor Type: Personal
  • Committee Member: Halstead, Francis E., 1930-
    Contributor Type: Personal


  • Name: University of North Texas
    Place of Publication: Denton, Texas


  • Creation: 1996-12


  • English


  • Content Description: This study was conducted to examine the problem of attrition from a public middle school foreign language enrichment program by students who were admitted on the basis of superior grades, test scores, and recommendations from their teachers, counselors, and parents. The study took place in inner-city San Antonio and involves Latino sixth and seventh graders from mostly low-income families. Literature pertaining to school choice options, education of Latino students, and student attrition was reviewed. Research questions pertained to the differences in characteristics of students staying in the program and leaving it and in the reasons students gave for their decisions to stay or leave. In addition, the efficacy of an existing student attrition model, modified for this study, was tested for organizing data. Data sources included surveys of students and teachers, interviews with administrators and counselors, and school records. Logit regression analysis revealed two factors linked to student persistence in the program to be significant to the .01 level: student involvement in the initial decision to apply to the program, and the presence of a student's best friend at the school the student attended. A third variable approached significance (at the . 10 level): the student's score on the math subtest of a criterion-referenced test given statewide. Recommendations to the district program administrators include incorporating the math subtest score on the statewide instrument into the screening process and providing more and better information to parents and students who are eligible and wish to apply for acceptance into the program.
  • Physical Description: vii, 196 leaves : ill.


  • Keyword: middle school students
  • Keyword: Latin Americans
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Language and languages -- Study and teaching (Middle school) -- Texas -- San Antonio.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: School attendance -- Texas -- San Antonio.


  • Place Name: United States - Texas - Bexar County - San Antonio


  • Name: UNT Theses and Dissertations
    Code: UNTETD


  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT


  • Rights Access: public
  • Rights License: copyright
  • Rights Statement: Copyright is held by the author, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.
  • Rights Holder: Thomas, Kathryn, 1948-

Resource Type

  • Thesis or Dissertation


  • Text


  • Call Number: 379 N81d no.4438
  • UNT Catalog No.: b2032257
  • Accession or Local Control No: 1002726701-thomas
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc278796


  • Degree Level: Doctoral
  • Degree Grantor: University of North Texas
  • Degree Name: Doctor of Philosophy
  • Academic Department: Department of Teacher Education and Administration
  • Degree Discipline: Education Administration