n Journal of Educational Studies - Understanding the relationship between class attendance and success rate of tourism students in an undergraduate programme at a South African University - research

Volume 16 Number 2
  • ISSN : 1680-7456


Students fail, and the research reported on in this article investigated whether student attendance has an influence on students’ success rates at a tertiary institution. The research aimed to determine whether students who attend lectures in a certain course at university do better than those of their peers who do not attend the lectures. Class attendance was correlated with the final exam mark of a third-year group in Tourism Management. Data was collected in the first semester of 2015 (n=231). The results show that the higher the attendance percentage the higher the success rate of students. Addressing the policy regarding compulsory class attendance by students is highly recommended for full-time students who have contact sessions as a means to education.

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