Date of Award


Degree Name

Specialist in Education


Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

First Advisor

Dr. Lawrence B. Schlack

Second Advisor

Dr. Charles Warfield

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This paper compares absentee rates for teachers and students in three Michigan school districts. The districts under investigation vary greatly in enrollment. This first chapter relates the problem of teacher and student absenteeism to maintaining an assumed level of teacher/student contact time.

The second chapter reviews literature related to student and teacher absenteeism. This includes those studies which evaluate absenteeism based on personal and organizational factors associated with absence.

The third chapter relates the procedures which were used in the comparison. The fourth chapter lists the results of the data collected from the three school districts. The data are compared by district size, elementary or secondary level of instruction, and students and teachers.

The fifth chapter discusses the results and suggests possible reasons for the difference identified in the previous chapters. Conclusions arid recommendations, based on the comparison are also included in the fifth chapter.