Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Vicki Gunther

Second Advisor

Norm Weston

Third Advisor

Linell Monson


School truancy poses a significant problem for the U.S. educational system and our society. Truant students suffer negative effects not only in their education, but also in their potential future financial earnings and even their life expectancy. Despite the recognition of the problem in the United States, efforts to curb truancy have proben largely ineffective.

As exploratory case study, which consisted of semi-structured interviews with five participants - four principals and one district superintendent - examined the perceptions of current truancy intervention programs and ways to improve them. The most common practice for combating truancy involved the employment of truancy officers. However, participants indicated that the most effective ways to curb truancy were by taking more proactive approaches within students' homes and by forming partnerships with different agencies, such as the police and court system.


This work is dedicated to my sons, Logan and Lucas. They are an inspiration to me for learning, strength, courage and perseverance. I would also like to dedicate this work to my husband, Joe, who has supported and encouraged me throughout my academic journey. Lastly, I want to thank my Dad, Fred, for all of his love, friendship and mentoring that has helped pushed me to achieve my goals.

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