A Survey of Truancy at Special School for Children with Intellectual Disability in Japan

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<p>The number of truant elementary and lower secondary school students in Japan may be as high as 120,000, and measures to manage these students are in place, such as the provision of school counselors. Numerous research papers on truancy have been published; however, little information is available on truant students at schools for special needs education, because few studies have been conducted on truancy and methods for supporting truant students at such schools. In this study, we conducted a questionnaire survey on truant students and invited the participation of all schools for special needs education (intellectual disabilities: ID) (which comprise the majority of all schools for special needs education in Japan). The percentage of schools with truant students tends to be smaller for schools for special needs education (ID) than for ordinary elementary and lower secondary schools. However, the percentage of truant students is higher at schools for special needs education (ID). The study shows that the causes of truancy at schools for special needs education (ID) are different from those at ordinary elementary and lower secondary schools; moreover, schools for special needs education (ID) typically have insufficient coordinated, in-school support mechanisms for truant students. These results suggest that truancy at schools for special needs education (ID) is different than at ordinary schools, and this paper discusses the need to study the reality of the truancy of individual students and effective methods for providing needed support.</p>

Journal

  • Journal of Special Education Research

    Journal of Special Education Research 8(1), 1-10, 2019

    THE JAPANESE ASSOCIATION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION

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  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    130007803908
  • NII NACSIS-CAT ID (NCID)
    AA12615212
  • Text Lang
    ENG
  • ISSN
    2187-5014
  • NDL Article ID
    029929939
  • NDL Call No.
    Z76-A806
  • Data Source
    NDL  J-STAGE 
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