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Attendance and performance:correlations and motives in lecture-based modules

Clark, Gordon and Gill, Nick and Walker, Marion and Whittle, Rebecca (2011) Attendance and performance:correlations and motives in lecture-based modules. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 35 (2). pp. 199-215. ISSN 0309-8265

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Abstract

Does attending lectures improve student performance? Using novel attendance data, we examine statistically the relationships between attendance and performance for first-year and third-year students. The relationship is moderately positive: very high attendance is significantly associated with an improvement in performance over very low attenders of between 5.3% and 12.8%, depending on circumstances. Then we provide qualitative evidence from in-depth interviews with students about their views and motives regarding lectures. We find a range of reasons why attendance may be less than complete, and conclude that attendance is related to performance in complex ways.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Geography in Higher Education
Uncontrolled Keywords: Attendance ; Performance ; Lectures ; Geography ; Motives
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Educational Research
ID Code: 34057
Deposited By: Dr Gordon Clark
Deposited On: 24 Aug 2010 15:23
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2014 09:34
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/34057

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