Faculty and student perceptions of post-exam attendance

Trent W. Maurer, Laura Frost, Diana Sturges, Simone Charles, Deborah Allen, Michelle Cawthorn, Cherry C. Brewton

Abstract


This project investigated differences between faculty and student perceptions of student attendance in courses for the class period after an exam, including factors thought to influence student attendance. Participants from a single university completed a mixed-methods on-line questionnaire. Quantitative analyses revealed significant differences between faculty and student perceptions on all but one project variable. Qualitative analyses reinforced those findings and suggested that faculty misunderstand what factors actually influence student attendance. Taken together, the results suggest a substantial disconnect between faculty and student perceptions of the importance of class attendance and highlight areas for faculty to influence student attendance.


Keywords


post-exam attendance; perceptions; faculty-student differences

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ISSN 1527-9316