IT’S ABOUT TIME TO BE ON TIME! A Study on Students’ Tardiness in Ateneo de Davao University-Junior High School

AUTHOR/S: Jossie V. Bolaños, Alma Raymond S. Bartola, Lamuel T. Parreño

DATE COMPLETED: January 24, 2017

KEYWORDS: It’s about time, Students’ Tardiness


 This research aimed to describe the profile of identified grades 7-10 students of the Ateneo de Davao University in the School year 2015-2016. Moreover, the said proposal also determined the reasons why these learners were habitually late.

 The researchers saw the need to know the students’ short biographical account and the causes of tardiness due to the alarming number of students who were habitually late based on the previous research by Bartolata, Bolaños, and Castro. Their research revealed that tardiness was the top minor infraction committed by Junior High School students.

 This study utilized the descriptive design and it was conducted at the Ateneo de Davao University-Junior High School. This Study used primary and secondary data coming from records such as the survey questionnaire and the beadle slips record as reflected in the Cura Personalis Information System (CPIS) of the School. The data to be utilized are from the current year 2015-2016from June 2015 to February 2016. Moreover, the survey questionnaire, adapted from the study of Paren and online surveys of DRose 2011 and Survey Monkey, Inc. was used for the reasons of the abovementioned problem. This action research used multi-stage sampling technique to identify respondents. Firstly, the grade 10 habitually late students were identified. secondly, from that population and based on their dominate identified reasons of tardiness, stratified sampling technique was used. After the approval of the research proposal and the questions for the survey, the questionnaire was updated to the MOODLE account of the Ateneo de Davao University. The data was collected through Microsoft excel and was computed through Predictive Analytics Software (PASW). Descriptive statistics particularly the frequency count and a measure of central tendency specifically the weighted mean was used to answer the research problems. Ethical considerations were also observed by the researchers.

 In terms of profile, this study found out that seventy-four percent (74%) of the respondents belong to the catholic faith. Thirty-five percent (35%) of them were also identified as the youngest among the siblings in the family. Seventy-eight percent (78%) of them are living in a complete family set up (two-natural parents). Eighty percent (80%) of the respondents are living on a family with intact married parents. Fifty-six percent (56%) of the respondents’’ home is located more than 2 kilometers away from the AdDU-JHS. Fifty-three (53%) of them have family vehicles as their mode os transportation. More than half (56.41%) of the total respondents finished their elementary education from the Ateneo de davo University-Grade School. More than nine-tenths (91%) of the respondents have studied in the AdDU-JSH starting in Grade 7. More than three-fourths (80%) of them were not on the academic probation status as well as on disciplinary probation status (82%).

 The top reasons of respondents for being tardy in coming to school were going late to bed and waking up late (65%) and the distance to school (61%). Among the various reasons why students go to bed late was the fact that more than one-fourth (27%) of them spent their time when not in school hanging around with friends. Moreover, more than half (56%) of the respondents went to bed at 10:00PM.

 The top three observed effects of tardiness according to the respondents were stressed (58%), tired (52%), and disorganized (34%).

 The top students’ reasons in coming to class late were finishing their snacks/lunch (45%) and working with their other requirements (41%).

 Almost half (45%) of the respondents viewed the school’s tardy policy as effective.

 Exactly three-fourth (75%) of the respondents believed that they need assistance the most from their parents/guardians to curb their tardiness concern. Almost one-eight (12%) of them said that the class moderators can also give them the assistance they need.

 Two-fifths (40%) of the respondents favored the presence of adults along the corridors will help them to get to class on time.

 The top three possible solutions to habitual tardiness chosen by the respondents for themselves: going to bed early (77%), create and follow a schedule (57%), and lessen the number of hours in using gadgets (5) %).

 The top three possible solutions to habitual tardiness from home: inform other family members to wake them up early (50%), consistent monitoring by parents (44%), and parents to be conscious of school time (38%).

 The proponents of this study created an action plan design that is holistic in its approach. All three aspects of the development of a learner are considered. It is up to the office concerned to create the concept paper for the activities implementations.


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