Submitted by Jaclyn Sadicario
For my technology tool, I made a form that helps me take attendance for each class, but also allows me to understand the common questions students might be having after a lab session. Because time is limited in the classroom, it can be difficult to find the time to ask each student what they may be struggling with. Additionally, it is seldom teachers get feedback on what students feel they are doing well. Time is also a factor in taking attendance when there is so much material to cover. Because of this, I created the <a href="https://goo.gl/forms/Slrg5DN4GQKZFEPA2">PSYC 214 Attendance Survey</a>. With this survey, I am able to take attendance and understand how my students are feeling after a lab. Knowing this information as the semester goes on will allow me to update my methods to best deliver the information they need. I can adjust my teaching to reflect what they best respond to as well as review concepts intermittently with which they are struggling.
Submitted by Anna Behler
Shimoff, E., & Catania, A. C. (2001). Effects of recording attendance on grades in Introductory Psychology. Teaching of Psychology, 28(3), 192-195.
Summary of Article
Purpose: The goals of this experiment were two-fold. Firstly, the researchers wanted to test the popular assumption that attendance contributes to better student performance. Secondly, they wanted to explore effective methods for increasing attendance in college courses.
Method: The researchers recorded attendance for 57 undergraduates in an introductory psychology course. The remaining 57 students did not have their attendance officially recorded (although the researchers kept track). Students were aware that attendance would NOT factor in to their final course grade. In addition to tracking attendance, the researchers also analyzed scores on quizzes that were given throughout the semester.
1) The mean attendance rate for the semester was significantly higher for students whose attendance was recorded (85.61%) than students whose attendance was not recorded (78.50%).
2) The group whose attendance was recorded performed significantly better on quizzes than the group whose attendance was not recorded. This held true for quiz items that were covered in the textbook as well as for items that were covered only in lecture.
3) Both groups reported that taking attendance did not impact their decision to come to class. The groups did not significantly differ in their responses when asked if recording attendance had (or would have) any impact on their behavior.
- Based on your own personal experience, what were some factors that led you to decide not to attend a class during your college career?
- What methods have you or any of your previous instructors employed that were effective in increasing student attendance?
- Do you feel that requiring attendance is helpful or harmful for students? For the class as a whole? For the instructor?