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Understanding student attendance in business schools: An exploratory study

Mearman, Andrew; Pacheco, Gail; Webber, Don J.; Ivlevs, Artjoms; Rahman, Tanzila


Andrew Mearman

Gail Pacheco

Don J. Webber

Tanzila Rahman


© 2014 Elsevier Ltd. There is considerable literature indicating that class attendance is positively related to academic performance. However, the narrative on what influences students' decisions to attend class is scant. This article examines why students choose not to attend class through the use of a survey distributed to first year undergraduates. Regression results point to three main reasons for reduced attendance rates: (i) alternative sources of information; (ii) valuing attendance low on the priority ladder; and (iii) timing/scheduling constraints. The most significant driver of greater attendance levels was attitudinal differences amongst students, and in particular, students with extrinsic achievement motivations with regard to their education.


Mearman, A., Pacheco, G., Webber, D. J., Ivlevs, A., & Rahman, T. (2014). Understanding student attendance in business schools: An exploratory study. International Review of Economics Education, 17, 120-136.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 1, 2014
Journal International Review of Economics Education
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Pages 120-136
Keywords student attendance, survey, virtual learning environment
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