Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

Degree Discipline

Health Education


Statement of the Problem

A four-semester study of the extent and causes of pupil failure at I. M. Terrell High School, Fort Worth, Texas, revealed that approximately twenty percent of the enrolled pupils were not promoted by subject teachers.

It seems possible that the reasons submitted by the teachers may be regarded as generally characterizing lack of pupil progress but that unless each individual case has been investigated thoroughly, such stated reasons may not be sufficiently valid. To attribute most of the failure of pupils to non-attendance or poor attendance without considering the facts related to lack of attendance may be likened to one's telling a patient that he is ill without having concern for the improvement of his physical condition.

Whether the teacher or the school has done its best to facilitate pupil growth and success is a matter of great importance. Attempts to discover the real causes of pupil failure have not been very successful. Reasons assigned by pupils or by teachers are sometimes the products of rationalization. Douglass 3ays, Failure is most likely to come about from a combination of causes, not all of which are associated with failure by the pupils

Purpose of the Study

Considering the implications, the writer purposes to bring into focus some causes of pupil failure as recorded in educational literature, to stimulate interest in the prevention of pupil failure, and to evaluate some proposals for reducing non-promotion,

Committee Chair/Advisor

C, A. Wood

Committee Member

J, M. Drew


Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical College


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Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View





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