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ERIC Number: EJ718128
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0196-5042
The Truth Behind Truancy: Student Rationales for Cutting Class
Gump, Steven E.
Educational Research Quarterly, v28 n2 p48-57 2004
In a survey on attitudes toward skipping class given to 75 undergraduates at a prominent state university in the Midwest, 84% of 38 respondents answered that they have been or may be inclined to skip a class because of reasons associated with "health": they are tired or just not feeling well. All women (n=20) chose this option, while only 67% of the men did. Beyond gender lines, college year also influenced answers: While 50% of juniors and seniors chose "weather" as a reason to skip class, only 20% of first-year students and sophomores did so. These results suggest that instructors should consider the gender and college-year compositions of their classes as they determine attendance policies or decide whether to offer incentives (e.g., credit, bonus points, or pop quizzes) in their attempts to reduce truancy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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