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Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
A survey of attendance motivators administered to 220 undergraduates enrolled in an introductory-level survey course at a large Midwestern university in fall 2002 and spring 2003 revealed, intuitively yet contrary to many earlier studies, that the most common situation in which students are motivated to attend class is if they consider the instructor and/or the material interesting. Of the 144 students who responded to the survey, 84.7% indicated such interest was a reason they would attend class. Only 66.7% indicated they would be compelled to attend a class because credit was given for attendance, suggesting that instructors should try to make their courses as interesting as possible if they wish to improve attendance rates.