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Andrade, M., & Bunker, E. (2009, May). A model for self-regulated distance language learning. Distance Education, 30(1), 47-61. Retrieved July 18, 2009, doi:10.1080/01587910902845956 Andrade, who is an associate dean at the University College at Utah Valley specializing in curriculum development, collaborated with Bunker who is the distance learning coordinator at Brigham Young University to conduct research using case studies on self regulated distance learning. Citing existing literature, the authors contend that there should be a new model in course design for distance learning. This model should ensure that students will have adequate support from the instructor. The case studies measured journaled student responses regarding study habits and researcher led writing prompts. The initial findings indicated a need for more self regulated but structured learning. Although the researchers concentrated on English as a Second Language courses, consideration could have been given to regular English courses and recommendations should have been given for the improvement of content delivery. Roby, D. (2004, September). Research on School Attendance and Student Achievement: A Study of Ohio Schools. Educational Research Quarterly, 28(1), 3-14. Retrieved July 18, 2009, from Academic Search Complete database. Roby, a professor of education at Wright State University conducted research on the correlation of school attendance and student achievement in the Ohio school system by analyzing the results of proficiency tests. To support his hypothesis, Roby attempted to answer research questions by using benchmark attendance data to see if there was a statistically significant positive affect of attendance on the academic achievement of students in certain grade levels. The findings show that increased attendance does have a positive impact on student performance on standardized testing. The author suggests a need for future examination of the correlation between student attendance and academic achievement and options to reduce absenteeism.
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