Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

1985

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Industrial Education and Technology

Abstract

This study was designed to identify the factors which affected student attrition in the College of Education at Iowa State University and to investigate the characteristics of dropout patterns (academic failure dropout, voluntary withdrawal, transfer dropout, temporary dropout and permanent dropout) among dropout students;An attrition survey instrument was used to collect the basic personal data of the dropout students and the reasons for leaving the College of Education. One hundred and twenty-two (122) of the 590 subjects responded to the survey. The discriminant function analysis was employed to predict group membership of the dropout students;Results of the study indicated that the overall correct discriminating rate of the discriminant function for academic failure and voluntary withdrawal groups was 89.2 percent. The academic and personality were the dominate factors in the discriminate function to predict group memberships. The correct classification rate of the discriminant functions in predicting within-institution transfer, temporary dropout, transfer to other institutions, and permanent dropout group memberships was 77.5 percent. College environment, finance, teaching career, and social factors were found to be the governing elements in the discriminant functions to classify the four dropout groups.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-13362

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Su-Chen Jonathon Lin

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI8524674

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

146 pages

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