Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 5(11), pp. 2107 - 2115
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2017.051128
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Struggle with School Absenteeism in Compulsory Education: Different Country Approaches and Policies

Sait Akbaşlı 1, Mehmet Şahin 2,*, St. Pınar Mardin Yılmaz 3
1 Faculty of Education, Hacettepe University, Turkey
2 Ahmet Keleşoğlu Faculty of Education, Necmettin Erbakan University, Turkey
3 Educational Science Institute, Hacettepe University, Turkey


This research has been conducted to discuss the absenteeism in compulsory education and the proposed policies for reducing this problem with the school practices. In this context, the general situation regarding the absenteeism in the Turkish education system has been put forward and the current practices and policies have been addressed. Furthermore, in other countries, the current situation and practices of non-attendance in the compulsory education process and what can be done are discussed. This research is a qualitative research and case study designed. In the research, data were collected via literature research. During the collection of data; in addition to the literature on absenteeism in our country, it has been also benefited from the publications of the education ministries of the countries and other academic documents in order to see how is address internationally. In this context, the approaches and strategies that are generally followed by countries are investigated by looking at the absenteeism processes of the countries. In particular, referring to example approaches and policies incentives and support mechanisms are described. In this context, the main approaches are; legal regulations, in-school practices, computer technology and family-supported practices.

Absenteeism, Causes of Absenteeism, Encouragement

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Sait Akbaşlı , Mehmet Şahin , St. Pınar Mardin Yılmaz . "Struggle with School Absenteeism in Compulsory Education: Different Country Approaches and Policies." Universal Journal of Educational Research 5.11 (2017) 2107 - 2115. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2017.051128.