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Title:Does lecture attendance matter? Some observations from a first-year economics course at the University of Cape Town
Author:Van Walbeek, Corné
Periodical:South African Journal of Economics
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:academic achievement
economics education
External link:https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1813-6982.2004.tb00137.x/pdf
Abstract:This paper empirically investigates the widely held assumption that lecture attendance improves students' performance in tests and exams, using data obtained from the University of Cape Town's (UCT) introductory first-year microeconomics course, for a specific year (2002). Second, it investigates certain measurable student-specific factors, other than lecture attendance, that could potentially influence a student's performance. The paper concludes that the answer to the question 'Does lecture attendance matter?' is: 'Yes, but not all that much'. Lecture attendance, in isolation, is not a good predictor of performance in introductory microeconomics at UCT. A far better predictor is the student's overall performance in matric, as measured by the number of adjusted UCT entry points, and specifically his/her performance in matric mathematics. Bibliogr., notes. [ASC Leiden abstract]