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Am J Pharm Educ. 2009 Aug 28;73(5):83.

Factors influencing pharmacy students' attendance decisions in large lectures.

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Harrison School of Pharmacy, Auburn University, AL 36849, USA. westrsc@auburn.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To identify reasons for pharmacy student attendance and absenteeism in large lectures and to determine whether certain student characteristics affect student absenteeism.

METHODS:

Pharmacy students' reasons to attend and not attend 3 large lecture courses were identified. Using a Web-based survey instrument, second-year pharmacy students were asked to rate to what degree various reasons affected their decision to attend or not attend classes for 3 courses. Bivariate analyses were used to assess the relationships between student characteristics and degree of absenteeism.

RESULTS:

Ninety-eight students (75%) completed the survey instrument. The degree of student absenteeism differed among the 3 courses. Most student demographic characteristics examined were not related to the degree of absenteeism. Different reasons to attend and not to attend class were identified for each of the 3 courses, suggesting that attendance decisions were complex.

CONCLUSIONS:

Respondents wanted to take their own notes and the instructor highlighted what was important to know were the top 2 common reasons for pharmacy students to attend classes. Better understanding of factors influencing student absenteeism may help pharmacy educators design effective interventions to facilitate student attendance.

KEYWORDS:

absenteeism; attendance; professionalism

PMID:
19777098
PMCID:
PMC2739066
DOI:
10.5688/aj730583
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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