Drawing on an extensive study of persistent absentees, their families and their schools, David Galloway explores the prevalence of absence from schools and the underlying causes. He shows that a majority of poor attendees remain at home with their parents' knowledge, and often with their consent, and argues that the disadvantaged circumstances of many of the families concerned is of little relevance to teachers unless they also recognize how the pupils and their families view what the school has to offer. Using his experience as a teacher, educational psychologist and researcher, he demonstrates that school attendance cannot be usefully considered in isolation from the life and work of the school as a whole.
For teachers, social workers, education welfare officers, educational and clinical psychologists, lecturers and students in colleges of education, and social work departments.
(partial) Introduction. Unauthorised absence. Semi-descriptive categories. School and community influences. Persistent absentees and their families. Partial solutions? I. Clinical treatments. II. Administrative and legal sanctions. Using resources: analysing and planning. Wider implications for teachers. Conclusion: back to the school?
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- 10th October 2014
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University of Wales, Cardiff, UK
@qu:This book will appeal to all those involved professionally with young people-it is straightforward and sensible, and makes a genuine contribution to the understanding and amelioration of this persistent problem.
@qu:This book is very timely, arriving as it does in the midst of the current debate over educational standards, professional standing of the teaching profession and the overall orientation of educational policy....David Galloway raises these issues in a straightforward, competent style, drawing from the Sheffield area (for which the book serves as a useful summary) plus giving a sound review of the relevant literature....This book will appeal to all those involved professionally with young people - it is straightforward and sensible, and makes a genuine contribution to the understanding and amelioration of this persistent problem.
@source:Bulletin of the British Psychological Society, vol. 39
@qu:...he writes well and provides much needed detail on the causes of absenteeism, the involvement of the families and the absurdity of existing legal measures which are supposedly aimed at combatting non-attendance. The book is a must for all those interested in the subject and also has wider implications for educationalists and administrators.
@source:Educational Review, vol. 38, no. 1
@qu:...The innovative nature of this book ensures that it does not see psychology, court or welfare officers as the solutions to preventing absenteeism. Galloway strives to make the teacher aware of his or her role in encouraging regular attendance. This is a well presented, masterful book, bringing into the light a problem that is often forgotten after the roll-call.
@source:Business Education Today
@qu:...well presented... this is a book dealing with an important problem and pointing to one aspect which has received scant attention in the past...