ERIC Number: ED406548
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Monitoring Student Attendance. FEDA Paper.
Barwuah, Adjei; Walkley, Phill
FE Matters, v1 n9 1997
The Further Education Development Agency conducted two research studies of issues related to recording student attendance and responding to student absence. In the first study, absenteeism in five further education (FE) colleges in Britain was examined to determine the main causes of student absenteeism and administrative systems/procedures to address the problem. The second study evaluated the systems used to record student attendance at eight FE colleges representing a broad geographical, size, and structural mix. The findings of both studies were analyzed, and the following conclusions/recommendations were formulated: (1) although electronic systems of recording attendance can underpin FE colleges' response to absenteeism, such systems are still in an early stage of development and must therefore be used with caution; (2) FE managers must produce a comprehensive strategic plan for dealing with student absence; (3) if an electronic monitoring system is chosen to monitor attendance, all staff should be involved at the procurement stage, staff should be trained in using the system, and the system should be reviewed/evaluated continuously (including by obtaining input from teachers and students); and (4) FE colleges should review the causes of absence and establish clear statements on attendance policy for staff and students. (MN)
Descriptors: Attendance, Attendance Patterns, Attendance Records, Foreign Countries, Influences, Postsecondary Education, Recordkeeping, Research Projects, Systems Approach, Technical Institutes, Vocational Education
Further Education Development Agency, Publications Dept., Mendip Centre, Blagdon, Bristol BS18 6RG, United Kingdom (6.50 British pounds).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom