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Three of the four highest rated possible reasons for student dropout essentially support findings of previous research loss of interest scheduling conflicts and lack of parental support apparently are perceived as continuing problems with respect to loss of students in instrumental music programs However the reason perceived by directors as the major contributor to student dropout student lack of commitment to work had not emerged in previous research Apparently this psychological variable which reflects a strong affective component dominates the other possible variables at least from these directors perspectives Obviously the 19 reasons included in the questionnaire were not discrete but the nature of the data elicited which is essentially descriptive does not allow for examination of relations among the variables or for any cause-and-effect analyses among them However lack of parental support may be a contributing factor to lack of commitment to work Whether loss of interest contributes to or is a result of lack of commitment to work is unclear Three possible reasons for which responses in the present study seem to substantiate previous research were scheduling conflicts competing interest in sports and too little time Both scheduling conflicts and interest in sports were among the highest rated reasons for student dropout both in previous research and in the present study Too little time a mid-level concern in research cited by Deurksen 1972 and a high-level concern in Browns 1985 study was a mid-level concern for the respondents in this study A reason for which the present data differed greatly from previous research however was after school jobs which directors did not consider a reason for student dropout Perhaps the present studys concern with middle and junior high school dropouts in contrast to previous research which also concerned senior high school dropouts would account for this difference The rankings of several reasons by the directors also revealed quite different perceptions than some previous research which included students views For example other studies have
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