Proposal Title

1 - The Impact of class attendance on student performance at TRU

Presentation Type

Speed Presentation

Location

OM 3782

Start Date

18-2-2020 2:55 PM

End Date

18-2-2020 3:35 PM

Proposal Abstract

Students’ class attendance and engagement play a vital role in their performances in higher education. This study aims to investigate the association between students’ class attendance and their performances throughout the semester. The study also highlights the positive impacts of having a faculty-wide attendance policy. This study incorporates data from eight science and engineering courses offered in 2019 at TRU. Students' performances are assessed via quizzes, assignments, midterms, projects and exams. The association between class attendance and students’ performances is assessed using statistical analysis such as scatter plots, correlation and regression. A strong positive association is found between attendance and class performance in all of the eight courses. Preliminary analysis shows that with an increase of 10% class attendance, the performance is increased by 8% to 15%. This association is found highly statistically significant. Based on the findings, it is concluded that class attendance has a positive impact on students’ academic performance and hence a mandatory attendance policy has been proposed to be established in all the departments in the Faculty of Science at TRU. This study clearly suggests that class attendance is critical for learning, however other factors such as students' language proficiency, gender, ethnicity and uses of online tools/software etc, may be incorporated to increase the explanatory power of the model to assess association.

Statement

This research will discuss the impact of class attendance on the student’s performance at TRU. It also highlights the positive impacts of having a faculty-wide attendance policy. Thus, it will address ‘Opening up’, ‘Connection, engagement, and exploration’ and ‘current Trends’ Sub-themes of the colloquium.

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1 - The Impact of class attendance on student performance at TRU

OM 3782

Students’ class attendance and engagement play a vital role in their performances in higher education. This study aims to investigate the association between students’ class attendance and their performances throughout the semester. The study also highlights the positive impacts of having a faculty-wide attendance policy. This study incorporates data from eight science and engineering courses offered in 2019 at TRU. Students' performances are assessed via quizzes, assignments, midterms, projects and exams. The association between class attendance and students’ performances is assessed using statistical analysis such as scatter plots, correlation and regression. A strong positive association is found between attendance and class performance in all of the eight courses. Preliminary analysis shows that with an increase of 10% class attendance, the performance is increased by 8% to 15%. This association is found highly statistically significant. Based on the findings, it is concluded that class attendance has a positive impact on students’ academic performance and hence a mandatory attendance policy has been proposed to be established in all the departments in the Faculty of Science at TRU. This study clearly suggests that class attendance is critical for learning, however other factors such as students' language proficiency, gender, ethnicity and uses of online tools/software etc, may be incorporated to increase the explanatory power of the model to assess association.