UCBerkeleyNews reports that sociology teacher Kristin Luker saw her class attendance drop so low that more than half of the 250 students enrolled were consistently absent. This sobering news prompted her to seek a reality check, and she found one on Technet, an online forum where Berkeley faculty can discuss issues surrounding teaching and learning. Her post sparked a wide-spread discussion among faculty, who shared their experiences with class attendance, but despite the postings, no one teacher could pinpoint a specific explanation for an increase in student absentee rates. The phenomenon and attendant discussion of chronic absenteeism is not...

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