Reasons for student non-attendance at lectures and tutorials : an analysis

Kottasz, Rita (2005) Reasons for student non-attendance at lectures and tutorials : an analysis. Investigations in university teaching and learning, 2 (2). pp. 5-16. ISSN 1740-5106


Recent QAA/HEFCE policy documents have shown that student non-attendance at lectures is an area for concern (Morgan, 2001). However, an analysis of the literature appears to indicate that little research has been completed to determine the fundamental reasons as to why this might be the case. Student attitude and behaviour relevant to this matter has been the subject of some considerable investigation by those working in Higher and Further Education. Students' learning experiences (Zhongqi, 2000), their attitudes to different methods of teaching (see for example Bennett and Kottasz, 2001) and their skills and competencies (Kremer and McGuiness, 1998) have all been subject to analysis. The present research seeks to add to the educational literature in the area of student attendance at lectures via an empirical study of the factors underlying non-attendance in a sample of 155 undergraduates at London Metropolitan University.

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