The Effect of Student Time Allocation on Academic Achievement

Posted in Life on May 29th, 2011 by steve

“Does it matter how students allocate their time? One would hope that students who study harder do better and that students who actually turn up for class also do better. Attendance at class is often quite low. This paper by Barbara Graves looks at this question using German data with some interesting results …” (more)

[Kevin Denny: Economics more-or-less, 29 May]


Anyone, anyone? Student attendance and attainment

Posted in Teaching on November 18th, 2008 by steve

“A couple of years ago on this blog (yes, it has been that long!) we referred to the paper by Woodfield, Jessop and McMillan on student attendance levels at university. Interestingly, in the forthcoming (December) issue of Studies in Higher Education there’s an article which uses a much larger and broader data set of student attendance at class and attainment (in terms of grades obtained in modules). This latest work is from Loretta Newman-Ford and colleagues at the University of Glamorgan which, as we also reported in this blog (don’t we have our ‘fingers on the pulse’?), uses an electronic fob device to record student attendance, allowing registers to be compiled automatically. This means that compiling data from 22 first year modules across the entire academic year and correlating it with student performance is relatively straightforward …” (more)

[Summa cum laude, 17 November]