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1.3 PHYSICAL SCIENCES, *pedagogy

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DIT Teaching Fellowship Reports 2014-2015


An important factor in the academic performance of Laboratory based science students is attendance on the basis that practical experience and engagement in teaching activities are necessary to develop skills and competencies. Student attendance also has wider implications for science schools as they are increasingly challenged in providing laboratory based practical teaching in the face of increasing student numbers. The relationship between attendance and academic performance has been studied previously, but mainly limited to classroom-based lectures rather than laboratory activities and self-directed learning. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between student attendance at laboratory practical sessions and class based activities and their engagement in learning resources with their overall academic performance. The hypothesis that students who engaged in more teaching and learning resources performed better in the overall module grade was proven, with the highest correlation found for lecture attendance to the end-of-semester examinations.