Author Dr. Gracie Kearse-McCastler’s new book “Transforming Truancy” is an applied dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of requirements for her doctoral degree

Share Article

Recent release “Transforming Truancy: Exploring Factors and Strategies that Impact Truancy among Youth” from Page Publishing author Dr. Gracie Kearse-McCastler has a thought provoking study examining the perceptions of school administrators, teachers, and counselors within schools in the United States regarding the most frequent internal and external factors affecting student truancy and effective intervention strategies to decrease truancy. In addition, this dissertation explored the literature related to student truancy as it related to external factors and reviews effective intervention strategies.

News Image

Dr. Gracie Kearse-McCastler is a minister, politician, and retired educator living in her native South Florida, where she serves as a voice for the young, the elderly, and the disenfranchised in her community. She has published her new book “Transforming Truancy: Exploring Factors and Strategies that Impact Truancy among Youth”: a thorough and well-researched discussion of a persistent problem in many communities across the United States.

The purpose of the study was to examine the perceptions of school administrators, teachers, and counselors from schools within the United States school districts regarding the most frequent internal and external factors affecting student truancy and effective intervention strategies to decrease truancy.

Participants included administrators, teachers, and counselors from the United States school districts. An eighteen-statement Likert-scale survey with one open-ended question was administered to one hundred administrators, teachers, and counselors from school districts within the United States. Survey data were analyzed to determine factors that participants frequently perceived to influence student truancy. Survey results were analyzed to examine participants’ perceptions of effective strategies for reducing truancy.

The findings identified medical conditions, adolescent sex, and teenage pregnancy as the top three internal factors of concern. For external factors, personal problems, medical conditions, and bullying were the top three factors of concern. Medical conditions were a factor used in both internal and external factors and were in the top three areas of concern in both research questions. Three additional factors were identified as peer pressure, lack of motivation, and staying out late. The three intervention strategies supported by all teachers were before- or after-school tutoring, parental involvement, and a Parent Academy. Participants were in favor of all intervention attempts to reduce truancy within school systems in the United States.

Published by Page Publishing, Dr. Gracie Kearse-McCastler’s engrossing book is an invaluable resource for educators, administrators, and parents seeking to understand and improve social and educational outcomes for at-risk youth.

Readers who wish to experience this engaging work can purchase “Transforming Truancy: Exploring Factors and Strategies that Impact Truancy among Youth” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

About Page Publishing:

Page Publishing is a traditional, full-service publishing house that handles all the intricacies involved in publishing its authors’ books, including distribution in the world’s largest retail outlets and royalty generation. Page Publishing knows that authors need to be free to create - not mired in logistics like eBook conversion, establishing wholesale accounts, insurance, shipping, taxes, and so on. Page’s accomplished writers and publishing professionals allow authors to leave behind these complex and time-consuming issues to focus on their passion: writing and creating. Learn more at http://www.pagepublishing.com.

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Nichole Hoffman
Visit website