A study on attendance and academic achievement

Sund, Kristian J. and Bignoux, Stephane (2015) A study on attendance and academic achievement. In: BAM2015: British Academy of Management Conference, 08-10 Sept 2015, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom.

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Abstract

In this study we attempt to answer Romer’s (1993) question: “Should attendance be mandatory?” Contrary to many existing studies, we conclude that in the case of business and management programs the answer is ‘no’. In a study of over 900 undergraduate strategy students, spanning four academic years, we examine the link between attendance and exam results. Unlike prior research on this topic, our findings show that attendance is not the best determinant of student performance. We find instead that the best determinant of student performance for third year bachelor students is their over-all degree classification, which we see as a proxy for academic ability. We suggest that attendance may simply be a reflection of student conscientiousness, engagement and motivation. We also challenge the assumptions about gender differences found in prior research on student attendance and student performance. We do not find such differences to be consistently significant in our study.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Conference Track: Knowledge and Learning
Research Areas: A. > Business School
Item ID: 24417
Notes on copyright: Authors of papers submitted to, and presented at, the Conference retain the rights to their individual paper. The published version is reproduced in this repository with permission from British Academy of Management.
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Depositing User: Stephane Bignoux
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2018 10:47
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2019 03:09
ISBN: 9780954960889
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/24417

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