New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
A few years ago, members of our Engineering & Design Department began a study to determine the effects of class attendance on student success. Today’s engineering and technology students have grown up in an environment that is very different from the students of 20 years ago. They access information and engage in social contact through digital media and often have almost instant access to this digital media through portable, wireless devices. There is a thought that with this greater connectivity they may not respond in the same manner to the teaching methods of past generations of students. In addition, the students of today may not feel the same need to be physically present in their classes in order to be successful.
Initial results presented at _________ in _______ determined that attendance does correlate with student success and the correlation changes during the progression of a student throughout their undergraduate experience. Results presented at the _____________ indicated that an instructor’s attendance policy did not significantly affect overall attendance rates of students that earned high grades in a course, but that it did affect the students that earned lower grades.
This current paper discusses the relationship between student attendance and success based on the nature of the course, whether the course is math intensive or not, and tracks and analyzes the attendance behavior of students throughout their entire undergraduate studies. Combined attendance data, collected since 2008 by a variety of instructors, is tracked and analyzed for approximately 20 classes per year, ranging from freshman to senior students. The types of programs covered in this current paper include: Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Manufacturing Technology, Design Technology, Construction Management, Applied Technology, and a service course to the general student body.
Geyer, T., & Loendorf, W. R., & Richter, D. C., & Durfee, J. K., & Saad, H. S., & Munson, D. M., & Hossain, N. A. (2016, June), Undergraduate Engineering and Technology Student Attendance and Its Relationship to Success in Math-Intensive and Non-Math-Intensive Courses Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.27089
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