Exploring Factors for Undergraduate Students’ Absenteeism in English Language Classrooms

Exploring Factors for Undergraduate Students’ Absenteeism in English Language Classrooms

Niknezhad, F., & Mashhadi Heidar, D. (2017).
 
Abstract:
This study aimed at detecting factors affecting undergraduate students' absenteeism in English classes. In so doing, a total of 145 students at three majors including law, psychology and teaching English as a foreign language, were considered the participant pool of the study. They were asked to fill out a researcher-made questionnaire. To probe the perceived reasons for the non-attendance, descriptive statistics and regression analysis was run. The results indicated that teachers' function was the most perceived reasons for absenteeism in English classes out of the four factors of non-attendance, i.e., teachers' function, problems in curriculum, family and personal problem, and position of major in the society. More precisely, teachers' characteristics, teaching oratory, incorporating new techniques, timing of the class, and challenging classroom were the determinants cited subcategories by the students as a motivator for a class attendance. This paper illustrated some practical suggestions for motivating students' classroom attendance.