An Interdisciplinary Analysis of Course Meeting Frequency, Attendance and Performance

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Micah Pollak
David Alan Parnell

Abstract

Using data from Economics and History courses, taught across multiple semesters, we show that a triweekly meeting frequency improves student performance relative to a biweekly meeting frequency. We provide evidence that this effect operates through two channels. First, there is an indirect effect that operates through attendance. While greater attendance improves course score, this effect is less in a triweekly course. Second, there is a direct positive effect to more frequent course meetings on student performance. These two effects combine to increase student performance by 3 to 9 percentage points when meeting triweekly instead of biweekly. While students perform better overall on a triweekly meeting schedule, there are more absences and less consistent attendance. 

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Pollak, M., & Parnell, D. (2018). An Interdisciplinary Analysis of Course Meeting Frequency, Attendance and Performance. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 18(3). https://doi.org/10.14434/josotl.v18i3.23752
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Micah Pollak, Indiana University Northwest

Assistant Professor of Economics
School of Business and Economics

David Alan Parnell, Indiana University Northwest

Assistant Professor of History
Department of History, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies