Pros And Cons Of Mandatory Attendance

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Remove Mandatory Attendance
‘The decision to make lectures mandatory arises from misconception of what kind of learning makes college valuable.’ The University of Applied Science started this year with a mandatory attendance. This has led to a big frustration among the students, because last year this rule wasn’t there yet. If students are not at least 75% of the time present in the classes, their examination will not be checked and so they don’t get a grade. When the students don’t want to take a resit, they are ‘forced’ to make an attendance. The effect of this rule is negative for all parties, because it leads to tumultuous classes, a negative attitude and a poor learning environment.

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However, mandatory attendance can also have a positive effect on the study results. In 2011 the Ministry of Education commissioned a study about the relationship of attendance and academic results. The results showed a positive connection between these two. Mandatory attendance can lead to better study results and reduces the chance of study delay.
On the other hand, improvement of study results can also be achieved if professors let students hand in online assignments or let them take half-term tests. There is no mandatory attendance necessary. According to Gibbs (2010) assessment is the most powerful tool in directing study behavior among students.
This is one of the reasons why mandatory attendance is unnecessary. But there are many more reasons why it is useless. For
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