The National Runaway Switchboard did some analysis of data to investigate the link between school behavior and running away. Some of the school…

The National Runaway Switchboard did some analysis of data to investigate the link between school behavior and running away. Some of the school behaviors analyzed for this study were class sizes, parent-school involvement, demographic location of school, and school setting. It turns out that schools with average class sizes over 30 had higher episodes of students running away and staying nights away without permission. Schools with higher parental involvement had lower rates of nights away. Students from schools in the South were less likely to runaway and spend a night away than those in the West and Northeast. Schools located in the suburbs or in rural areas and with faster teacher turnovers have higher runaway rates. Do the results seem logical? Do you think the research reflects what you see in your day-to-day lives?


– Dyanne

 

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