Administrators’ Perceptions of Truancy in a Rural Texas School District

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D)


Educational Administration

Date of Award

Spring 2017


The purpose of this study was to explore rural East Texas administrators’ perceptions of truancy policy and their approaches to implementing truancy prevention measures. The findings of this study offer insight into the perceptions of changes to Texas truancy policy implemented by Texas House Bill 2398 (2015). The researcher conducted a qualitative study using a narrative inquiry design. Narrative inquiry allowed the researcher to focus on participants’ individual accounts of experiences with student truancy. Data were collected for this study through individual semi-structured interviews. Challenges enforcing truancy policy and truancy prevention measures that keep students in school through graduation in rural Texas school districts are identified, which add to the current literature and inform the principalship in rural schools.


Nathan R Templeton

Subject Categories

Education | Educational Administration and Supervision