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ERIC Number: EJ854824
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1527-9316
Investigating Whether Contacting Absent Students Increases Course Success
Stucky, Thomas D.
Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v8 n1 p61-71 Feb 2008
Studies suggest that student attendance in college classes increases course success. Yet, surprisingly few studies have examined strategies to increase student attendance. The goal of the current study is to consider whether contacting consistently absent students increases success in an undergraduate research methods course. Results of this classroom action study suggest that students view contacts positively and a majority stated that they were more likely to attend class following the contact. In regression analyses, however, net of other factors such as prior grade point average, contacts did not predict final grade percentage and D/F rate comparisons to a prior semester without contacts showed modest but not statistically significant improvements. Implications are discussed. (Contains 4 tables and 11 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A