Female student grades suffer more than males from poor attendance

Dr. Ron Cortright (Photos by Chuck Baldwin)


Female college students who cut class score lower on exams than their male peers, according to a study conducted at East Carolina University.

ECU College of Health and Human Performance professor Dr. Ron Cortright collaborated on the research with ECU teaching instructor Julie Cox and Wayne State University University colleagues Drs. Stephen DiCarlo and Heidi Lujan. Their work was published in the December issue of the peer-reviewed journal, Advances in Physiology Education, published by the American Physiology Society.

The researchers tested the conventional wisdom that grades relate to class attendance, that students who attend class more frequently obtain better grades and that class attendance in itself contributes to enhanced learning. The study also examined the influence of students’ gender on the relationship.

The study compared two exercise physiology classes with 20 female and 31 male undergraduates, anonymously recording students’ class attendance and its effect on exam scores.

“It does appear that females may be more susceptible than males to experiencing a lower performance on tests by virtue of poor attendance,” Cortright said.

Each absence was associated with a greater decrease in points for female students, 21.6 points compared with male students, 15.0 points.  The study was small and additional studies should be done to confirm these results, Cortright said.

He said the study showed that students do not learn effectively by reviewing PowerPoint slides provided before lectures. Interactions with the lecturer and classmates are important, he said. That interaction requires class attendance as well as motivated students, teachers and class participation.

Read the article, “Does sex (female versus male) influence the impact of class attendance on examination performance?” at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22139780.

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ECU teaching instructor Julie Cox enters data on the attendance study.

 

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ECU ROTC programs active in fall semester

Cadets from ECU's Air Force ROTC participated in team-building activities at the university's ropes course this fall. (Contributed photo)

East Carolina University ROTC cadets enjoyed an eventful fall semester with training and team-building activities.

The Air Force ROTC trained on the ECU ropes course in September and enjoyed the annual Combat Dining-in in October. Retired Maj. Gen. Gregory H. Power spoke at the Dining-in, where cadets also practiced saluting to the grog bowl. The grog bowl is traditionally a beverage contained within a toilet bowl, made from mixed beverages along with floating solids such as meatballs or oysters.

The AFROTC Detachment 600 commissioned two cadets; one will train in Nevada while the other lieutenant is assigned to a base in Japan.

The spring semester cranked up under the leadership of the new Cadet Wing Commander James Caviness, who is planning a formal Dining Out, weekend training to prepare cadets for basic training and a statewide AFROTC competition. The semester will close with comissioning six new Air Force second lieutenants.

The Army ROTC “Pirate Battalion” was busy making this fall making preparations for the 4 th Annual Patriot Run, where more than 140 runners and sponsors converged to support the  nation’s wounded warriors.  The battalion raised $7,000, which was split between Ft. Bragg’s Survivor Outreach Services and ECU’s Capt. David “Jp” Thompson Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Survivor Outreach Services work to ensure that surviving wives, husbands, parents and children whose loved one was killed in action are not forgotten. The scholarship honors ECU alumnus Capt. Thompson, who was killed in action in Wardak, Afghanistan on Jan. 29, 2010.  The scholarship supports a cadet in the Army ROTC program who exemplifies Thompson’s service, sacrifice and commitment to excellence as demonstrated by participation in and contributions to the ECU Army ROTC ranger challenge team.

The Patriot Run was hosted by the Brook Valley Country Club on Nov. 12, and featured both a five-mile and one-mile course around the golf course and the Brook Valley subdiision.

The 4th Annual Patriot Run raised funds to support a scholarship and military families. (Contributed photo)

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Star of “The Little Couple” to speak at ECU Jan. 24

Dr. Jennifer Arnold

Television actress and pediatrics professor Dr. Jennifer Arnold will speak at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 in Mendenhall Student Center.

Arnold appears in the TLC network show, “The Little Couple.” She is medical director of the pediatric simulation center at Texas Children’s Hospital and assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital division of neonatoloty.

Arnold will talk about facing obstacles and challenges head-on and striving for success.

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ECU dental students participate in Missions of Mercy

East Carolina University dental students participated in the North Carolina Missions of Mercy dental clinic Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20 and 21, at Garber Ministry Center in New Bern. Pictured Saturday, Jan. 21, with Gov. Beverly Perdue are, from left, Bridgette Jones, Christine Wingo, Christin Carter, Shannon Holcomb, Alex Ho, Perdue, Anna Liakh, Holland Killian, Nirav Patel, Hanna Zombek, Lara Holland, Amanda Stroud and Dr. Joseph Califano, professor and chief of periodontology. A total of 22 students participated in the event. The Missions of Mercy portable free dental program is an outreach program of the North Carolina Dental Society. (Contributed photo)

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Ethnic Studies Film Series to offer film screenings

The East Carolina University Ethnic Studies Film Series will provide four film screenings in spring 2012, in keeping with the program goal of presenting diverse world views and encouraging linguistic and cultural exchange on campus.

Members of the ECU community are welcomed to join in the screenings, which take place from 6 to 9 p.m. in Bate Building 1032. Scheduled for the spring are the following:

  • Jan. 31 – “The Help,” directed by Tate Taylor. Guest introduction by Dr. Amanda Klein.
  • Feb. 28 – “A Better Life,” directed by Chris Weitz. Guest introduction by Dr. Joyce Middleton.
  • March 27 – “The Counterfeiters,” directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky. Guest introduction by Dr. Mona Russell.
  • April 17, “Departures,” directed by Vojiro Takita. Guest introduction by Dr. Su-ching Huang.

For additional information, download the Ethnic Studies Film Series Spring 2012 brochure. 

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