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Master of Arts (MA)




One in four students drop out of school, which has long-lasting implications for the individual, employers, and society at large. Work-related programs, such as those that include career exploration or vocational training, are often employed by schools and communities to reduce school dropout rates. This thesis provides an update to a meta-analysis of experimental and quasi-experimental evaluations of dropout prevention programs conducted by Wilson, Tanner-Smith, Lipsey, Morrison, and Steinka-Frey in 2011, focusing on work-related dropout prevention programs. This study determined through meta-analysis of the logged odds-ratios that work-related programs have an odds-ratio of 1.66, indicating that work-related programs significantly reduce dropout rates. Two meta-regressions were conducted to determine which program or participant characteristics are associated with reduced dropout rates. There were no statistically significant differences in effect sizes for any of the variables, indicating that work-related programs are successful at reducing dropout rates across participant characteristics and program settings.

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