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Educational Research Quarterly, v28 n2 p48-57 2004

In a survey on attitudes toward skipping class given to 75 undergraduates at a prominent state university in the Midwest, 84% of 38 respondents answered that they have been or may be inclined to skip a class because of reasons associated with "health": they are tired or just not feeling well. All women (n=20) chose this option, while only 67% of the men did. Beyond gender lines, college year also influenced answers: While 50% of juniors and seniors chose "weather" as a reason to skip class, only 20% of first-year students and sophomores did so. These results suggest that instructors should consider the gender and college-year compositions of their classes as they determine attendance policies or decide whether to offer incentives (e.g., credit, bonus points, or pop quizzes) in their attempts to reduce truancy.

Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Gender Differences, Age Differences, Student Behavior, Truancy, Student Attitudes, Attendance Patterns, College Attendance

Behavioral Research Press, LLC, Grambling State University, Math Department, P.O. Box 1191, Grambling, LA 71245. Tel: 318-274-2425.

Author: Gump, Steven E.


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