The impact of student attendance on assessment specific performance in sport degree programs

Lewis Gough, THOMAS DUFFELL, Steven J Eustace

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This study aimed to assess the relationship between attendance and module assessment performance across three Sport degree programs. Undergraduate students (n = 256) from three level 4 sport degrees (Sport Therapy (ST): 83; Sport and Exercise Sciences (SES): 80; Sports Development and Management and Coaching (SDMC): 93) participated in this 12-week prospective study. The assessments consisted of a practical for ST, exams and laboratory reports for SES, and presentations and essays for SDMC. A significant correlation was identified for attendance and overall performance across all degrees, although this was weak (r s = 0.327, p < 0.001). These findings suggest nonetheless that attendance positively correlates with assessment performance. All assessment types significantly and positively correlated with assessment performance. The study also reports that regardless of assessment type, attendance over a threshold of over 75% led to significantly higher assessment performance compared to those that did not.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100323
JournalJournal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education
Early online date24 May 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 May 2021


  • Evaluation
  • Higher education
  • Pedagogy
  • Undergraduate


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