ERIC Number: EJ920159
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
Should Students Be Allowed to Miss?
Paredes, Ricardo D.; Ugarte, Gabriel A.
Journal of Educational Research, v104 n3 p194-201 2011
Many educational policymakers consider attendance as a tool to induce learning. Researchers also agree that attendance has a positive effect on learning; however, there are few empirical studies that measure the nature and significance of that effect. The authors analyzed the effect of class attendance on academic performance and evaluated the existence and importance of a minimum attendance requirement. Using student data from a sample of public primary schools in Chile, and considering for endogeneity and sample selection bias, they found two important results. First, attendance had a relevant and statistically significant effect on educational performance. Second, the existence of a threshold was identified, but educational performance did not continue to decrease after a certain number of absences, which seems to contradict policies that have a minimum attendance requirement. (Contains 4 notes, 5 tables, and 1 figure.)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Attendance, Foreign Countries, Public Schools, Primary Education, Learning, Educational Strategies, Educational Policy, Data Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Primary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Chile