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Woolschlager, Ruth B.||Maxwell, Lyle

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M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

Department of Business Education


Dropouts; Education; Cooperative; High school students--Employment--Illinois--Cook County


The purpose of this study was to determine whether or not it would be feasible to initiate a cooperative educa­tional program within Cook county School District 212 for students who do not show particular interest or ability in academic subjects and who, therefore, may be potential drop­outs. At the time of the survey, Leyden High Schools had a twenty per cent dropout rate. The data gathered for this study were obtained through personal interviews and from related readings which, together with related class work in cooperative education, helped the investigator to understand the problem in its totality. Possible work areas for the disinterested student and slower learner were explored in forty companies located in School District 212. The procedures of contact with the office managers and plant supervisors of these concerns were as follows: 1) an initial telephone call asking the company to participate in the study and requesting an appointment; 2) a mailing of a memorandum which restated the problem and the appointment time with the interview outline enclosed; and, 3) the personal interview at which time the interview outline was completed. The interviews were conducted during July and August of 1963. The outcome of the survey indicated that a cooperative work-experience program for the potential dropout can he initiated, as well as maintained, as 59 areas of possible training were found in the 40 companies selected in the survey. Incorporating a program for this type of student in the Leyden High Schools would better assure the continua­tion of the student's education with one objective being high school graduation. The program would offer not only an entry job, but also the development of good work charac­teristics and attitudes which would continue throughout the student-learner's occupations of the future.


Includes bibliographical references.||Includes illustrations.


vii, 100 pages




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