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Optional formative assessment and class attendance: their impact on student performance

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Collett, PH and Gyles, N and Hrasky, S, Optional formative assessment and class attendance: their impact on student performance, Global Perspectives on Accounting Education, 4, (2007) pp. 41-59. ISSN 1543-2955 (2007) [Refereed Article]


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Abstract

This study investigates the impact of class attendance and the use of optional formative assessment tasks on student performance. We hypothesise that a positive relationship exists between students’ attendance rates and their success on assessment tasks. We also hypothesise a positive relationship between the extent to which students use formative assessment tasks (in the form of on-line multiplechoice question sets) and their success on summative assessment tasks. The question of whether attendance and the use of formative assessment have a complementary or substitutional impact on results is also investigated. The results indicate that after controlling for other factors likely to affect student performance, attendance at class and use of on-line formative assessment tasks do affect student performance. However, there is no further synergistic performance improvement to be achieved from both being a good attendee and a high user of the self-assessment quizzes.Further, attendance and self-assessment opportunities do not act as substitutes for each other. That is, students cannot compensate for poor attendance by making greater use of the self- assessment opportunities and vice versa.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:formative assessment, summative assessment, attendance
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Accounting, Auditing and Accountability
Research Field:Accounting, Auditing and Accountability not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Education and Training Systems
Objective Field:Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified
Author:Collett, PH (Mr Peter Collett)
Author:Hrasky, S (Dr Susan Hrasky)
ID Code:51410
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:Accounting and Corporate Governance
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2010-05-28
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