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Recommended Citation: Barrington, K L and D Johnson.  The Relationship between Lab Attendance and Academic Performance in a Computer Information Systems Course.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2005, v 22 (Columbus OH): §3573. ISSN: 1542-7382. (A later version appears in Information Systems Education Journal 4(99). ISSN: 1545-679X.)
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The Relationship between Lab Attendance and Academic Performance in a Computer Information Systems Course

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Refereed9 pages
Kira L. Barrington    [a1] [a2]
Department of Computer Information Systems
Tarleton State University    [u1] [u2]
Stephenville, Texas, USA    [c1] [c2]

Dena Johnson    [a1] [a2]
Department of Computer Information Systems
Tarleton State University    [u1] [u2]
Stephenville, Texas, USA    [c1] [c2]

There is considerable debate among students as to the usefulness of attending the lab portion of information systems courses. The purpose of this paper is to present evidence of the relationship between lab attendance and the academic performance of students in one computer information systems course over a three-semester period. This relationship was tested using data collected from 118 undergraduate students in the required lab portion of a lower-level computer information systems course. The study analyzed attendance records and course grades from three consecutive semesters of the same course using Spearmanís correlation coefficient. After conducting statistical analyses, results indicate that higher attendance rates in the lab do lead to higher academic performance by students.

Keywords: lab attendance, academic performance, grades, computer information systems

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