Ep.03 Skipping class – Is attendance, the solution for good grades?
Welcome to episode 03 of the podcast “talking texts”. In this episode “skipping class – attendance, the solution for good grades?”, Jimmy and Luisa explain the main results of the scientific paper “skipping class in college and exam performance: Evidence from a regression discontinuity classroom” and discuss their own experiences with skipping.
00:45 Opener for episode
01:50 Study design and facts
05:40 Conclusion and own experiences
08:01 Closing words
Resources and links
Dobkin, C., Gil, R., & Marion, J. Skipping class in college and exam performance: Evidence from a regression discontinuity classroom experiment. Economics of Education Review, 2010, 29(4), 566-575. link
Midterms – important exams in the middle of an academic year
Attendance rate – percentage of how many students actually visited the class in average.
Mandatory – a class is mandatory when you have to attend all the classes dates of a course.
Regression discontinuity – scientific tool to compare pretest and posttest performance after implementing a specific policy
Cover art: Anna Mahendra
Music by Bela Bartok and Irene Damert