Engineering Students' Engagement and Their Perspective on Compulsory Classroom Attendance

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Abstract

The link between class attendance, student engagement, and student success is controversial in Higher Education. Some universities monitor student attendance in the classroom. The difference between monitoring or recording attendance and enforcing a compulsory attendance policy should be clarified. This paper aims to explore engineering students' experience of applying attendance monitoring and enforcing a mandatory attendance policy. The relation between increasing the attendance rate and student engagement is also investigated. The primary research questions are: what are student perspectives on compulsory attendance monitoring? and why do senior engineering students attend classes? A pilot case study investigates senior undergraduate engineering student experience before and after the attendance monitoring system was performed. A survey was used to determine the view of students on how the compulsory attendance system influences their motivation and engagement in the classroom and what motivated them to attend before the compulsory policy became in effect. The findings can enrich higher education teaching and learning authorities with thoughts on future strategic policies and strategic research in the digital transformation era.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2022 IEEE IFEES World Engineering Education Forum - Global Engineering Deans Council, WEEF-GEDC 2022 - Conference Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781665475280
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event2022 IEEE IFEES World Engineering Education Forum - Global Engineering Deans Council, WEEF-GEDC 2022 - Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 27 Nov 20221 Dec 2022

Publication series

Name2022 IEEE IFEES World Engineering Education Forum - Global Engineering Deans Council, WEEF-GEDC 2022 - Conference Proceedings

Conference

Conference2022 IEEE IFEES World Engineering Education Forum - Global Engineering Deans Council, WEEF-GEDC 2022
Country/TerritorySouth Africa
CityCape Town
Period27/11/221/12/22

Keywords

  • Attendance Monitoring System
  • compulsory attendance policy
  • engineering education
  • student engagement
  • student's motivational beliefs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Education

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