Giving up on School: Student Dropouts and Teacher Burnouts

Giving up on School: Student Dropouts and Teacher Burnouts

by Margaret Diane LeCompte, Anthony Gary Dworkin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0803934904

ISBN-13: 9780803934900

Pub. Date: 10/07/1991

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Students aren't just dropping out of school, they're dumping it. Teachers aren't just quitting, they're running. Each group may blame the other, but they're running from the same problems, not from each other. Both are victims of the alienation process that prevails in schools and is cultivated by conditions within the school, the community, and society at large.

Overview

Students aren't just dropping out of school, they're dumping it. Teachers aren't just quitting, they're running. Each group may blame the other, but they're running from the same problems, not from each other. Both are victims of the alienation process that prevails in schools and is cultivated by conditions within the school, the community, and society at large.

The number of ex-students and ex-teachers is shocking, but even larger numbers remain behind, tuned out and burned out, feeling helpless and trapped within the system. They see themselves as powerless to improve their conditions. Before educators can hope to decrease the amount of "terminal frustration" among staff and students, they must first grasp the underlying problem itself. Giving Up on School provides them with the insight they need.

According to LeCompte and Dworkin, attempts to decrease dropouts and burnouts have failed because reformers have approached them as two distinct problems. The root causes are the same in each and "mandate an immediate and drastic reappraisal."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803934900
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
10/07/1991
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tablesvi
Prefacevii
About the Authorsxi
1.Introduction1
2.The Contemporary Context of Cultural Expectations20
3.Turned Off, Tuned Out, Dropped Out42
4.Creating Failure: Why Students Drop Out56
5.The Who and Why of Teacher Burnout90
6.To Quit or Not to Quit121
7.Alienation and Schools145
8.Giving Up on School: A Process Model182
9.Why School Reforms Fail194
10.Conclusion: Some Modest and Not So Modest Proposals228
References264
Author Index288
Subject Index296

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