A study was carried out to determine the real reasons causing students to drop out from a higher learning institution. Sources of data included the dropouts themselves, and teachers. Surveys and interviews were carried out and findings from individual group analyses clearly showed opposing perceptions between dropouts and teachers on causes attributing to drop outs. A synthesis of these data analyses revealed that the opposing perceptions fitted a social psychology concept of Fundamental Attribution Error. Where attribution error has occurred, the concern was that these perceptions would likely lead to flawed impressions. The situation leading to consequences of flawed impressions feeding on ideas or suggestions for institutional improvements describes what is commonly known as a self-fulfilling prophecy.
|Keywords:||Drop Out, Multiple Sources of Data, Fundamental Attribution Error, Self-fulfilling Prophecy|
Lecturer, Faculty of Business Administration, Universiti Tun Abdul Razak, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
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