Paul L. Caron

Monday, July 24, 2006

Class Attendance Improves Exam Performance by 7.7%

Ssrn_98Jennjou Chen (National Chengchi University) & Tsui-Fang Lin (National Taipei University) have posted Class Attendance and Exam Performance: A Randomized Experiment on SSRN.  Here is the abstract:

The study of determinants of a college student's academic performance is an important issue in higher education. Among all factors, whether or not attending lectures affects a student's exam performance has received considerable attention. In this paper, we conduct a randomized experiment to study the average attendance effect for students who have chosen to attend lectures, which is the so-called the average treatment effect on the treated in program evaluation literature. This effect has long been neglected by researchers when estimating the impact of lecture attendance on students' academic performance. Under the randomized experiment approach, least squares, fixed effects, and random effects models all yield similar estimates for the average treatment effect on the treated. We find that, class attendance has produced a positive and significant impact on students' exam performance. On average, attending lecture corresponds to a 7.66% improvement in exam performance.

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So does seating position. After grades are issued, take a seating chart of the course and mark the grades next to the names. Then use a transparent green marker to mark the As and Bs, a yellow marker for the C+ and Cs and a red marker for the C-s, etc. AMAZING pattern. Works most of the time.

Posted by: Jim Maule | Jul 24, 2006 3:17:51 PM