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Attendance and Exam Performance at University

David Allen and Don Webber
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David Allen: School of Economics, University of the West of England

No 612, Working Papers from Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol

Abstract: Marburger (2006) explored the link between absenteeism and exam performance by assessing the impact on absenteeism of removing a university wide policy of mandatory attendance for a single class. His results indicate that while an attendance policy has a strong impact on reducing absenteeism the link between absenteeism and exam performance is weak.This paper presents an alternative exploration into the link between absenteeism and exam performance by assessing the impact of implementing a module-specific attendance policy. Our results suggest the link between absenteeism and exam performance is strong, and that student-specific factors are important, including revision strategies and peer group effects. These results question the uniformity of the relationship between attendance and exam performance.

Keywords: absenteeism; attendance; exam performance; undergraduate; peer groups (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A19 A22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 19 pages
Date: 2006-11
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