I hope you don't mind, but I thought I'd try to find some crowdsourced wisdom
There are a number of papers that very clearly find a correlation between attendance and academic success. However the studies they describe tend to show that over time broadly good attenders do well, those with poor attendance less so.
I've only found one paper that shows any impact on attendance caused by policy - an American paper where the researchers temporarily took away compulsory attendance rules (Marburger, 2001, Absenteeism and Undergraduate Exam Performance, Journal of Economics Education, 37, 2, p99) and saw attendance decline.
Does anyone have evidence of how any institutional intervention leads to changes in attendance patterns.
* For example, a study showing that the introduction of 10% of marks in a module offered for good attendance. Did the implementation change anything?
* Or for institutions with changed policies, for example teams more actively following up low attendance, changing overall attendance?
I think that there are good reasons for attendance monitoring other than changing behaviour, but implicit in a lot of policies is that monitoring and intervening will actually change student behaviour and there doesn't appear to be much evidence to support this.
Hopefully this is a question of interest to others too.
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