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ERIC Number: EJ1014336
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6283
Attenders versus Slackers: A Classroom Demonstration of Quasi-Experimentation and Self-Selecting Samples
Stellmack, Mark A.
Teaching of Psychology, v40 n3 p238-241 Jul 2013
Studies of the effects of class attendance on class performance typically are quasi-experimental because students choose whether or not to attend class; that is, the samples are self-selecting. The lack of random assignment prevents one from establishing a causal relationship between attendance and performance. Relating attendance to performance using the students in a research methods class, regardless of whether the data show a significant relationship, can serve as the basis of a discussion of quasi experiments and the alternative explanations that are inherent in their design. This article gives suggestions for presenting and discussing the data. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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