An Exploration on the Impact of Teacher Self-Efficacy on Chronic Absenteeism

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Ed.D. in Leadership for Organizations


Department of Educational Administration


Advisor: Ricardo Garcia


Regular student attendance is one of the most important factors in determining a student’s academic success. In this qualitative action research study, the researcher sought to identify the reasons behind an increase in chronic absenteeism at Mid-Atlantic Elementary School. Additionally, the question of what impact teacher self-efficacy had on attendance was the focus of the study. Results determined that teachers can and do affect students’ attendance rates with use of various strategies of engagement and motivation and by employing their own locus of control. Findings from this study provide key strategies and interventions that can used to mitigate chronic absenteeism in elementary school.


absenteeism, chronic absenteeism, student attendance, teacher self-efficacy, elementary attendance

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