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Action Research on Student and Pupil Absenteeism in School

Updated on November 10, 2015

The Problem of Student Absenteeism

My pupils as they were having their quarterly exams. If you notice, there are vacant seats which signify the absence of some pupils. Some frequently absent students even skip important tests.
My pupils as they were having their quarterly exams. If you notice, there are vacant seats which signify the absence of some pupils. Some frequently absent students even skip important tests.

One of the most annoying experiences for teachers like me is when students are absent. We prepare lesson plans with the objective that 100% of the class will learn from the day’s classroom activities, and it is most satisfying when all students are present on that day and the days thereafter to ensure maximum learning.

Sadly, it is very difficult to achieve perfect attendance. No matter how interesting and well-prepared my lessons and teaching materials are, there are bound to be students who miss out on the day’s activities—willingly or unwillingly.

I would like to minimize this problem, if not eradicate it completely. That is why I conducted an action research to understand them better. I wanted a more accurate analysis of why some of my students are perennial absentees, so I could formulate plans, projects, and programs to minimize their absences. I hope that it also enlightens you. Even if you are not an educator, you may be able to help a student to stay in school.

Causes of Absenteeism

Grade VI Students of Zapote Elementary School School Year 2010-2011

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, absenteeism is "chronic absence." In the context of school, it is the habitual or intentional failure to attend school. While every student may miss some school activities now and then, absence becomes a problem when the student is away from school for many days.

Going to school regularly is crucially important for a student’s education and social skills. Chronically absent students are at a disadvantage both socially and academically. They miss out on critical stages of social interaction and development with their peers, while simultaneously limiting their academic progress. This can result in low self-esteem, social isolation, and dissatisfaction that could well have precipitated non-attendance in the first place.

School absenteeism is an alarming problem for administrators, teachers, parents, society in general, and pupils in particular. Unaccepted absences have a negative effect on peer relationships, which can cause further absences. According to Malcolm, Wilson, Davidson and Kirk (2003) teachers identified the effects of absenteeism on children as:

  • academic under-achievement.
  • difficulty in making friends which could lead to boredom and loss of confidence.
  • prolonged absence can have deleterious effects for the child in later life.
  • students who are absent from school are at the greatest risk of dropping out of school early.

Absenteeism also affects the teacher’s ability to present classwork in a sequential and organized way. This can have an effect on the progress of all the students in the class.

Families of habitually absent students can also suffer. For a poverty-stricken family, it may mean a continuation of the poverty and unemployment cycle that may run in the family. This also contributes to family conflicts.

Society also suffers when school-age children are not in school. These children may hang out on the streets. Since they have nothing to do, they resort to petty crimes like stealing other people’s belongings and property. Others may become addicted to drugs or engage in other destructive behavior. Thus, if a student keeps away from school for too long, he may grow up to be a liability to his community and his country as a whole.

It is the aim of every school to lessen, if not eradicate, absenteeism among its students. One way of addressing this problem is to identify the causes of truancy. Once they are singled out, understood, and analyzed, these issues may be addressed with specific actions and measures. This will eventually result in the better performance of the students, teachers, and the school in general.

It is in this context that this action research was undertaken, that is, to identify the causes why the grade VI students in this school absent themselves from their classes.

This action research examined the causes of absenteeism among grade VI students of Zapote Elementary School during the 2010-2011 school year. This class had the most daily absences while in grade V. This data was gathered from the daily attendance record that is kept by the teacher-leader’s office every day and regularly filled out by grade level teachers.

Once the students entered grade VI, some of them were still frequent absentees. It is for this reason that this research was undertaken. It has the goal of understanding and correcting such undesirable pupil behavior. Based on the findings, methods and strategies were recommended to minimize, if not eradicate absenteeism or truancy.

Scope and Methodology

All of the sixty grade VI pupils were asked to complete a questionnaire. They rated various situations, reasons, and causes for being absent from school.

All the the data was then organized, tallied, tabulated, and presented in a series of tables and graphs. Frequency counts, percentage weight values and weighted mean were used in the analysis and interpretation of data.

The responses were analyzed using a five-point Likert scale with the following equivalent:

  • 1. never
  • 2. rarely
  • 3. sometimes
  • 4. very often
  • 5. always

It should be noted that the questionnaire was given to students in their native dialect to increase the chance of accurate responses.

Figures were rounded signify classification of responses. The measure of central tendency, specifically the mean, was used to determine the average value of response or response average of the pupils.

Study Questionnaire: What Are the Most Common Causes of Absenteeism?

Physical Factors
Personal Attitude
Teacher-Related Reasons
Classroom Environment
Home Factors
house is too far from school
I am not interested in my studies.
My teacher scolded me.
Our classroom is hot and uncomfortable.
My parents told me to be absent.
it is unsafe to go to school
I feel lazy.
I can't understand my teacher's lessons.
It's noisy in our classroom.
My parents quarreled.
no one accompanies me to school because of distance
My friends tell me to be absent.
I don't like my teacher.
Classmates bully me.
My parents don't care about my studies.
health factors (toothache, stomach ache, headache, fever/flu, diarrhea
I can't concentrate on my studies
 
I have no friends in my class.
I do too many household chores.
 
I didn't wake up in time.
 
 
I have no money to buy snacks at school.
 
I did not study or do my homework.
 
 
We have no food. I did not eat.
 
I was playing computer games.
 
 
 

Findings

A. Physical Factors

Among the items cited, the distance of their house to the school and the danger posed by walking to the school has the same response average, or a mean of 1.04. This means that both are not reasons for them to be absent from school.

B. Health

Fever/flu is the most common reason of students for being absent. It has the highest response average of 2.4. It is followed by headache, with an average response of 1.67. Other diseases like diarrhea come in third with 1.61 average responses. The least common reason for them for being absent is stomach ache, with 1.39 averages.

C. Personal Attitude

That the student doesn’t wake up early enough is the most common reason why he/she is absent. This account for 1.91 mean. Another reason commonly cited is that they can’t concentrate on their studies and that they were not able to study their lessons. This resulted from 1.45 and 1.37 mean respectively. Feeling lazy and playing computer games also keep them away from school. The former has a response average of 1.26 while the latter has 1.22.

D. Teacher-related

When the students are scolded for their bad behavior by the teacher, this tends to make them be absent from their classes. It has the highest average response of 1.38 while the reason that they can’t understand their lessons follow close behind with 1.32 mean.

E. Classroom Atmosphere

The highest mean of 1.77 was accorded to noise inside the classroom which means that this is the primary reason why they tend to be truant. Bullying by fellow students follows with 1.39 response average.

F. Home-related

Students who say their parents asked them to be absent resulted in the highest mean of 1.52. Household chores come second with a response average of 1.47. The other reasons ranged from 1.08 to 1.39, including not having money to spend for snacks and other small expenses in school, no breakfast/food, and that their parents quarreled.

The response average or the mean was computed by multiplying the percentage of responses by the equivalent value of each frequency and then adding them all.

e.g.(5 x 0%) + (4 x 3%) + (3 x 13%) + (2 x 7%) + (1 x 77%) = 1.42

Conclusions

  • Among all the causes presented, health is the primary reason why students are absent from their classes. Flu/fever is the leading culprit in this category. Oral health, which according to the Department of Education is the main reason why pupils are absent, is just third among the reasons cited by the responding students.
  • Classroom atmosphere, personal attitude, teacher factor and home-related reasons follow in that order. The least reason they give is related to their physical environment.

Of all the factors/categories cited, the top 10 reasons of student absenteeism are as follows:

1) Flu/fever

2) Can’t wake up early

3) Noise inside the classroom

4) Headache

5) Other diseases such as diarrhea

6) Parents asking them to be absent

7) Preoccupation with household chores

8.3) Toothache

8.3) No money to buy snacks in school

8.3) Bullied by a classmate/classmates

Frequency of Responses

 
Always (5)
Very Often (4)
Sometimes (3)
Rarely (2)
Never (1)
A. Physical Factor
 
 
 
 
 
1. Our house is far from the school.
0
0
1
0
59
2. It is unsafe to go to school.
0
0
1
0
59
3. Nobody accompanies me in going to school since it is far.
0
0
0
0
60
B. Health
 
 
 
 
 
1. I have a toothache.
0
2
8
4
46
2. My stomach hurts.
0
0
10
4
46
3. I have a headache
0
1
14
9
36
4. I'm down with fever/flu.
0
5
22
25
8
5. I have other diseases like diarrhea, etc.
0
1
9
15
35
C.Personal Attitude
 
 
 
 
 
1. I am not interested in my studies.
0
0
0
0
60
2. I feel lazy.
0
0
5
6
49
3. My friends influence me to be absent from my classes.
0
0
2
1
57
4. I can't concentrate in my studies.
0
0
9
9
42
5. I didn't wake up early.
0
5
16
8
31
6. I did not study/make my assignments the night before.
0
2
5
7
46
7. I got fond of playing computer games.
0
1
5
0
54
D. Teacher-Related Factors
 
 
 
 
 
1. My teacher scolded me.
0
1
6
7
46
2. I can't understand my teacher's lessons.
0
0
7
5
48
3. I don't like my teacher.
0
0
0
0
60
E. Classroom atmosphere
 
 
 
 
 
1.Our classroom is hot and uncomfortable.
0
0
4
1
55
2. It's noisy inside our classroom.
4
5
6
3
42
3. A classmate/classmates bully me.
0
1
8
4
47
4. I have no friends in our class.
0
0
0
0
60
F. Home-Related Factors
 
 
 
 
 
1. My parents ask me to be absent from class.
0
0
10
11
39
2. My parents quarreled.
0
0
2
1
57
3. My parents don't care about my studies.
0
0
1
1
58
4. I'm too pre-occupied with household chores.
1
3
5
5
47
5. I have no money to buy snacks in school.
0
1
8
4
47
6. We have no food/I did not eat.
0
0
7
4
59

What Strategies Can Minimize or Eradicate Absenteeism?

In order to limit or eliminate absenteeism, it is recommended that educators:

  1. educate the students on how to take care of their overall well-being. Emphasis should be given to oral health and overall body wellness. Teach them how to avoid communicable diseases. Give them information on how to properly wash their hands, which is the main source of germs and bacteria among children. Let them develop proper eating habits. Since most of the children in the school come from poor families, point out to them the cheap but healthy foods. Ask them to pass on this information to their parents.
  2. ensure that classroom atmosphere is conducive to learning. Noise-reduction among students should be a priority. Older children, like grade VI students, tend to have louder voices so they should be taught how to speak softly and without needing to shout. The key here is discipline.The teacher must also see to it that the students are comfortable and have no other concerns except the lesson at hand. There should be a lively interaction between the teacher and the students, but the teacher should see to it that noise is modulated so as not to distract pupils from their learning.
  3. inform parents about the benefit of keeping their children in school. Emphasize to them that if they keep on asking their children to be absent, this will set a bad example to the child. If the parents themselves are keeping the child away from school, they must believe that household concerns are more important than their education.
  4. refrain from scolding misbehaving pupils. As much as possible, remind them of their wrong doing in a most diplomatic manner. Self-control should be a virtue which the teacher should practice in the course of her teaching everyday of the school week.
  5. give extra attention to those who are left behind in the lessons. Tap the bright pupils to teach their slower classmates. In other words, cooperative learning should be practiced in the teaching-learning process. Once a slow student fully understands the lesson, he/she can keep up with his/her other classmates, thus self-confidence is gained.
  6. emphasize that academic success is very much dependent on student attitude towards school. Motivate them so they will be looking forward to attending their classes regularly. For those who wake up late, encourage them to get an alarm clock. Do not scold the pupils who come late. Give them a time-table to change their sleeping habits and to study before bed instead of watching TV.

Do you agree with my findings that the number 1 cause of student absenteeism is health factor?

See results

Absenteeism and Dropping Out

I would like to caution all the parents out there: You may or may not know that your children are always absent from school. One of the rules I implement in my class is to require an excuse from a parent or guardian for every child's absence. Many of them comply, but some students get other people to write an excuse letter for them. When this happens, I call on the parents and let them know about it. It is only then that they become aware of the child’s absence from my class. Wwhen they found out about it, some of them scold their child in front of me. This gives me an insight into my student’s life at home.

But the most disturbing thing is that habitually absent students eventually drop out of my class. This happens to all my colleagues. We do our best to prevent drop-outs, but it is beyond our control. We can only hope that these students will come back the next year, change their ways, and that that whatever was hindering their studies is behind them.

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    anncahilig 6 days ago

    hi ma'am! may I use your article for my research paper?

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    lorna r deocampo 2 weeks ago

    Hi Ma'am Loren. Ma'am, I would like to ask permission Ma'am I would like to use your template for my research of same topic and have your research as my reference. Please Ma'am.

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    Andrilon 2 weeks ago

    Good day Ma'am, I'm gonna ask permission to use your research as my action research?

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    robinjaques 3 weeks ago

    Hi mam loraine,

    I emailed you at the same time need to post here. Please allow me to use your research in my graduate study. it suits mt problem as a teacher in grade 5. its a great help. all possible reasons you stresses out are the factors affecting my poor performance of intermediate pupils in my school. Your research adapt to my area of assignment. In a far plunge area where pupils are all absent of all the reasons you mentioned! Thank you for this opportunity. God Bless!

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    diana rose basngi 3 weeks ago

    Good Afternoon mam, Can I use your action research as a basis to my study? Thank you madam.

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    Audrey-L 3 weeks ago

    Good Morning,

    May I use your action research as a reference and your survey as a tool?

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    marites gibaga 4 weeks ago

    Good am .... Mam may I use your action research as my reference..... tnx and God Bless!!!!

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    meowdred 4 weeks ago

    Good day Ma'am Lorien,

    I'm Mheldred Halichic, student from National Teachers College and I'm asking permission to use your research as my reference and also I would like to use your survey form too as a tool to gather data in my selected section in our school. I hope you allowed me to use this research, Thank you very much and God Bless!

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    teacherfrbulacan 7 weeks ago

    Good day Ma'am Loren,

    Respectfully asking permission to use this action research as my guide/ resource material. And to use your survey form too for my secondary students who always cut classes. I am sure there are still a lot of people who will benefit and will find this study very helpful.

    God BLess you and more power.

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    Roanna Angelica 2 months ago

    Good day Ma'am ..

    I would just want to ask for a permission to use your survey form and or questionnaire as i would like as well to conduct the same research as we have the same peoblem in the school where I am presently teaching .. Hoping for a positive and immediate reaponse .. Thank you ..More power and God bless..

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    jobellelihay 2 months ago

    good day! i would like to ask permission to use your research as my reference in my research about absenteeism. thank you and i am hoping to your immediate response.

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    jomir nuguid 2 months ago

    A pleasant morning to you mam. I am jomir nuguid of DHVTSU STO.TOMAS taking up Bachelor of Elementary Education. I would like to ask for your permission to used your survey form about the factors of absenteeism it is a great help for us to use your research. Hope you will give me the chance to used your survey mam. Thank You!

    I WILL WAIT FOR YOUR RESPONSE MAM!

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    jomir nuguid 2 months ago

    A pleasant morning to you mam Loren.I am a student of DHVTSU Sto.Tomas taking up Bachelor of Elementary EDUCATION. Mam can i ask your permission to use your survey form for our thesis about absenteeism it is a great help for us to use your research mam.It is very interesting because we want to know the factors causing the students to miss classes. Hope you allowed me to use your survey form mam.Thank you!!

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    Claire Tagasa 3 months ago

    Good day Ma'am. I'm a senior high school student from Ilocos Sur who would like permission to have your research study as a basis and reference, especially your questionnaire, for my group's action research which is closely related to yours.

    I am hoping for your kind consideration. God bless!

    Sincerely,

    Claire Tagasa

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    Eve Cadungog 4 months ago

    hi miss Loren... Your study is very helpful and I would like to ask your permission that I will be allowed to use your study as one of my references for my action research...Thank you so much.

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    simplykhris16 4 months ago

    Hi Ms. Loren.

    I find this study very helpful and even to my research. So, I would like to ask permission to use this as reference. Thank you in advance. :)

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    Jess Omambac 5 months ago

    Hi Ms. Loren.

    I find this study very helpful and even to my research. So, I would like to ask permission to use this as reference. Thank you in advance. ;)

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    ranilgenite 5 months ago

    Ms. Loren,

    I am a doctoral student in Surigao. I felt grateful as I came across with your study. Luckily for me, it is one of our requirements to pass the subject. On that note, May I ask permission from you to use your study as springboard of my planned Action Research to be conducted in our School her in Mainit, Surigao del Norte. Thanks and God bless...

    Trully Yours,

    Ranil D. Genite

    Teacher

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    arjumand sayed 5 months ago

    Gud day maam Loren. may I ask permission to use your study as my reference .Thank you and God bless u and more power.

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    norijoyviernes 6 months ago

    Good day Maam :)

    I would like to ask permission from you to use your study as my reference.

    Thank you and more power!

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    genelyncbritanico 6 months ago

    April 22, 2017

    Dear Madam;

    A pleasant day to you ma'am! I, Genelyn C. Britanico, teacher of Godofredo M. Tan Memorial School of Arts and Trades, Division of San Narciso, Quezon, I would like to ask permission from you to use your study as my reference.

    I am hoping for your immediate response regarding my request.

    Thank you very much and God Bless!

    Respectfully yours,

    GENELYN C. BRITANICO

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    superanghel12 7 months ago

    Good day Maam :) would like to ask permission from you to use your study as my reference.

    Thank you Godbless!

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    Rafaela Santander 7 months ago

    March 15, 2017

    Dear Ma'am Loren,

    I am a teacher from Parañaque City and I would like to ask a permission to use your reseach paper as my reference for my project proposal.

    I am hoping for your immediate response regarding my humble request.

    Thank you very much and God Bless!

    Respectfully yours,

    Rafaela J. Santander

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    Jade Salonoy 7 months ago

    Good day Ma'am. We are students from Vito NHS and we are currently conducting a study about bullying . We would like to ask permission to use your research paper about bullying as one of our reference. Our study has similarity to your research. Our study is all about "Classroom Management: Styles of a Teacher to Address Chronic bullying".

    We are hoping for your kind consideration. Godbless and more power!

    Respectfully yours,

    Jade Salonoy

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    PinkyAbapo 7 months ago

    Hi Ms. Loren, Im currently doing my Action Research about Student Absenteeism as Basis for Guidance Intervention Program. May I ask permission to use your research paper especially your Study Questionnaire: What Are the Most Common Causes of Absenteeism? as my reference for my instrument?

    I am hoping for your response,,

    thank you...

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    Micaela Martin 7 months ago

    Good day Ma'am! I'am a student from Bulacan State University taking a course of Bachelor of Elementary Education. I and my groupmates want to conduct a study about pupils absenteeism. Can we please use your instrument about this research and study?

    We will truly appreciate your help Ma'am. Hope for your response soon. God Bless!

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    Carlogonzales19 7 months ago

    Very informative research paper. Mam Loren I am a student and I want to ask permission to you because I want to use your format as my reference for my research paper. Thank you and godbless you po

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    MARY JEAN C DE VERA 8 months ago from PHILIPPINES

    permission to use your research as reference mam.

    Thank you and God bless.

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    Park Rizza 9 months ago

    Good day Ma'am. We are students from MSU-IIT and we are currently conducting a study about absenteeism. We would like to ask permission to use your research paper about absenteeism as one of our reference. Our study has similarity to your research. Our study is all about "Classroom Management: Styles of a Teacher to Address Chronic Absenteeism".

    We are hoping for your kind consideration. Godbless and more power!

    Respectfully yours,

    Malolot, Rizza Angeline M.

    Oliveros, Lea C.

    Solaiman, Amania A.

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    Imogene Pinto 9 months ago

    I Am a student who suffers from absenteeism.....I checked on this article to see if it could help me..In my case, I am an introvert, one reason I tend to keep away from school is because of it's social environment which I find repulsive.....Also, I have the habit of staying apsent on exam days as well, when I feel I haven't studied enough to get decent marks .....

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    melds 9 months ago

    Mam gud a.m .Mam Loren may i ask your permission to use your research as my guide?Thank you Mam and God bless you always.

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    Blessy Jerusalem 9 months ago

    this is a great research and very helpful, may I ask for permission to use this for our research? It will definitely be great to use this. Thanks!

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    Jake Esmer 10 months ago

    Good Day!

    I have read your work ma'am and it's great..

    I'm humbly asking you your permission to use it as a reference of my study.

    I'm hoping for your kind consideration.

    Respectfully yours,

    ROGATO JAKE C. ESMER

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    Jake Esmer 10 months ago

    Good Day!

    I have read yior work ma'am and it's great..

    I'm humbly asking you your permission to use it as a reference of my study.

    I'm hoping for your kind consideration.

    Respectfully yours,

    ROGATO JAKE C. ESMER

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    Abby jmes 11 months ago

    Gud morning mam loren,

    Can I use it for my research work?

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    Abby jmes 11 months ago

    good afternoon mam loren,

    Greetings of Peace through Mary Mother of the Church!

    Upon reading your action research I thank God for I found it very helpful bec we are experiencing the same problem in our school. I would like to ask permission to use your reseach for my research work.

    Thank you and more power!

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    Charmin Seiz 11 months ago

    hello maam Loren. I have also a difficulty dealing with absenteeism ain my class. thank you for this very meaningful research. Can I use this as my reference in my study? thank you and Dios te bendecir.

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    arcile 13 months ago

    hi mam loren..

    can i use this for my resarch work..ty

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    rosario david 13 months ago

    Hi ma'am loren, May I ask you to please allow me to use your research as my reference to check whether we have the same factors that hinders the pupils in our school of not coming everyday. Thank you very much.

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    Jacqueline Agaran 18 months ago

    Hello mam Loren! It's a blessing that i came across your research because we are experiencing the same problem in our school. I find your findings very useful in my project this school year. Hence, i would like to seek permission from you to use your research as one of my references. Thank you and more power.

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    Venie Pesito 18 months ago

    Good eve mam. I have come across your action research and found it very meaningful as we share the same problem in the school. Can I make a parallel study in our school and use your research as main guide? Thank you ma'am and God bless you more!

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    Joel R Pangilinan 18 months ago

    Good am . . .maam loren may i ask permission to use ur study as my reference? Thank you and Godbless

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    Jhie Lapetahi 18 months ago

    Gud day maam Loren. may I ask permission to use your study as my reference .Thank you and God bless u and more power.

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    jasylleoroceo 19 months ago

    thank you

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    jasylleoroceo 19 months ago

    I will wait for your response mam...Thank you maam loren.

    God bless u

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    jasylleoroceo 19 months ago

    March 15, 2016

    Dear Sir/Madam;

    Greetings!

    I, Jasylle L. Oroceo, teacher of I. Makilan ES, Division of Bago City, Negros Occidental would like to ask permission from you to use your study as my reference.

    I am hoping for your immediate response regarding my humble request.

    Thank you very much and God Bless!

    Respectfully yours,

    JASYLLE L. OROCEO

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    Mye Quinto 2 years ago

    permission to use this action research as my reference mam...

    Thank u..Godbless u more mam:)

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    Carlo Gulanes 2 years ago

    maam may I use your action research for reference in my project proposal?

    Thank you and more power!

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    Maria Teresa Mamu 2 years ago

    Hello Mam Lloren! Thank you for sharing your research. We would like to use your study as a springboard and reference for our action research here in La Union. Your findings are very useful and we would like to prove if we have the same causes as your findings. Nevertheless,we teachers should not stop on finding out the reasons of absenteeism. Intervention must be made in order to help our dear learners and this I believe is a great challenge for us.

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    Moira Durano-Abesmo 2 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

    Hello Loren! I am a teacher from PH too and I want to conduct an action research on my grade 8 students. Thank you for publishing your action research, this makes this action research simpler. I am thinking of conducting a similar research on absenteeism next school year. Thank you so much.

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    lorenmurcia 2 years ago

    By all means :)

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    Henzyl Rico Tomas 2 years ago from Old Kidapawan, North Cotabato, Philippines

    November 25, 2014

    Dear Sir/Madam;

    A pleasant day to you! We the student of Southern Philippines Methodist Colleges Inc. would like to ask permission to use your research paper about absenteeism as one of our reference. Our research has a similarity of your research. The topic of our research is about “Absenteeism among the Elementary pupils living at Nursery Phase 1, studying at Kidapawan City Pilot Elementary School”.

    We’re hoping for your kind consideration. Thank you and God Bless!

    Respectfully yours,

    Richelle Ann C. Gayotin

    Henzyl R. Tomas

    Jovelyn A. Tagarda

    Chrystal Joy Copi

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    DON BALDERAS 4 years ago

    There are deeper reasons for student absenteeism. I commend you for this effort, I hope that teachers, school heads and stakeholders should pull themselves together to deal with students and parents, everybody and everything that contribute to the many effects, normally negative, that student absenteeism get and give. By surfacing the many reasons for their absences, teachers and schools would realize that theirs is not only to teach but to take good care of things that affect teaching and learning. Teachers have yet to realize how deep the reason for not coming to school before passing judgment on their performance that includes their being absent. Teachers have to see their mission bigger than teaching.

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    lorenmurcia 5 years ago

    World-Traveler, I have experienced teaching in a private school before I transferred to a public school. Yes, it is true that absenteeism is more common in the public schools. Getting your message across the perpetual absentees can sometimes be a waste of our time.

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    lorenmurcia 5 years ago

    instantlyfamily, glad to be of help..:)

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    World-Traveler 5 years ago from USA

    Excellent review on the problems involving students and attendance. So much is lost with every hour a student has not been in class.

    I try to emphasize the importance of education to my students. However, my message sometimes falls on ears that cannot listen.

    I think it would be safe to say that absentee levels are much lower in private schools than in public schools.

    All we can do as teachers is keep on trying.

    Very interesting information and thanks! Voted UP, useful, the rest and Tweated!

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    instantlyfamily 5 years ago

    What a well written and informative Hub. I knew absenteeism was an issue however I didn't know it was to this extreme. Thanks for shedding the light on this important subject. I am voting UP.