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Table 4 Influence of type of subject on students’ classroom attendance

From: Why do students skip classroom lectures: A single dental school report

Academic year Subjects you are more likely to skip or be late for their lectures Total Gender Academic average
Male Female < 3.75 3.75–4.49 4.50–5.00
2nd year
n = 180
Gross Anatomy No 79 (43.9%) 30 (39.5%) 49 (47.1%) 0 (0.0%) 1 (33.3%) 78 (44.6%)
Yes 101 (56.1%) 46 (60.5%) 55 (52.9%) 1 (100.0%) 2 (66.6%) 97 (55.4%)
p-value p = 0.362¥ p = 1.00 F
Biochemistry No 72 (40.0%) 11 (14.5%) 61 (58.7%) 0 (0.0%) 1 (33.3%) 71 (40.6%)
Yes 108 (60.0%) 65 (85.5%) 43 (41.3%) 1 (100.0%) 2 (66.7%) 104 (59.4%)
p-value p < 0.001¥* p = 1.00 F
Histology and Embryology No 55 (30.6%) 19 (25.0%) 36 (34.6%) 0 (0.0%) 2 (66.7%) 53 (30.0%)
Yes 125 (69.4%) 57 (75.0%) 68 (65.4%) 1 (100.0%) 1 (33.3%) 122 (69.7%)
p-value p = 0.192¥ p = 0.464 F
Dental Anatomy No 155 (86.1%) 68 (89.5%) 87 (83.7%) 1 (100.0%) 2 (66.7%) 151 (86.3%)
Yes 25 (13.9%) 8 (10.5%) 17 (16.3%) 0 (0.0%) 1 (33.3%) 24 (13.7%)
p-value p = 0.285¥ p = 0.455 F
Biomaterials No 161 (89.4%) 57 (75.0%) 104 (100.0%) 1 (100.0%) 3 (100.0%) 156 (89.1%)
Yes 19 (10.6%) 19 (25.0%) 0 (0.0%) 0 (0.0%) 0 (0.0%) 19 (10.9%)
p-value p < 0.001 F* p = 1.00 F
3rd year
n = 125
Operative Dentistry No 124 (99.2%) 59 (100.0%) 65 (98.5%) 4 (100.0%) 49 (100.0%) 69 (98.6%)
Yes 1 (0.8%) 0 (0.0%) 1 (1.5%) 0 (0.0%) 0 (0.0%) 1 (1.4%)
p-value p = 1.00 F p = 1.00 F
Biomaterials No 113 (90.4%) 55 (93.2%) 58 (87.9%) 3 (75.0%) 46 (93.9%) 62 (88.6%)
Yes 12 (9.6%) 4 (6.8%) 8 (12.1%) 1 (25.0%) 3 (6.1%) 8 (11.4%)
p-value p = 0.373 F p = 0.279 F
Microbiology No 52 (41.6%) 14 (23.7%) 38 (57.6%) 2 (50.0%) 21 (42.9%) 28 (40.0%)
Yes 73 (58.4%) 45 (76.3%) 28 (42.4%) 2 (50.0%) 28 (57.1%) 42 (60.0%)
p-value p < 0.001¥* p = 0.946 F
Oral Histology No 103 (82.4%) 49 (83.1%) 54 (81.8%) 3 (75.0%) 38 (77.6%) 60 (85.7%)
Yes 22 (17.6%) 10 (16.9%) 12 (18.2%) 1 (25.0%) 11 (22.4%) 10 (14.3%)
p-value p = 0.857¥ p = 0.383 F
Oral Pathology No 117 (93.6%) 56 (94.9%) 61 (92.4%) 4 (100.0%) 47 (95.9%) 64 (91.4%)
Yes 8 (6.4%) 3 (5.1%) 5 (7.6%) 0 (0.0%) 2 (4.1%) 6 (8.6%)
p-value p = 0.721 F p = 0.595 F
Oral Radiology No 114 (91.2%) 51 (86.4%) 63 (95.5%) 4 (100.0%) 41 (83.7%) 67 (95.7%)
Yes 11 (8.8%) 8 (13.6%) 3 (4.5%) 0 (0.0%) 8 (16.3%) 3 (4.3%)
p-value p = 0.113 F p = 0.098 F
General Pathology No 100 (80.0%) 46 (78.0%) 54 (81.8%) 4 (100.0%) 35 (71.4%) 59 (84.3%)
Yes 25 (25.0%) 13 (22.0%) 12 (18.2%) 0 (0.0%) 14 (28.6%) 11 (15.7%)
p-value p = 0.657 F p = 0.168 F
Pharmacology No 112 (89.6%) 55 (93.2%) 57 (86.4%) 3 (75.0%) 45 (91.8%) 62 (88.6%)
Yes 13 (10.4%) 4 (6.8%) 9 (13.6%) 1 (25.0%) 4 (8.2%) 8 (11.4%)
p-value p = 0.251 F p = 0.608 F
Pain Control No 125 (100.0%) 59 (100.0%) 59 (100.0%) 4 (100.0%) 49 (100.0%) 70 (100.0%)
Yes 0 (0.0%) 0 (0.0%) 0 (0.0%) 0 (0.0%) 0 (0.0%) 0 (0.0%)
Academic year Subjects you are more likely to skip or be late for their lectures Total Gender Academic average
Male Female < 3.75 3.75–4.49 4.50–5.00
4th year
n = 90
Operative Dentistry No 86 (95.6%) 36 (97.3%) 50 (94.3%) 11 (100.0%) 46 (93.9%) 28 (96.6%)
Yes 4 (4.4%) 1 (2.7%) 3 (5.7%) 0 (0.0%) 3 (6.1%) 1 (3.4%)
p-value p = 0.641 F p = 1.00 F
Endodontics No 82 (91.1%) 30 (81.1%) 52 (98.1%) 10 (90.9%) 45 (91.8%) 27 (93.1%)
Yes 8 (8.9%) 7 (18.9%) 1 (1.9%) 1 (9.1%) 4 (8.2%) 2 (6.9%)
p-value p = 0.008 F* p = 1.00 F
General Medicine No 61 (67.8%) 26 (70.3%) 35 (66.0%) 9 (81.8%) 33 (67.3%) 18 (62.1%)
Yes 29 (32.2%) 11 (29.6%) 18 (34.0%) 2 18.2(%) 16 (32.7%) 11 (37.9%)
p-value p = 0.672¥ p = 0.561 F
Oral Biology No 88 (97.8%) 35 (94.6%) 53 (100.0%) 10 (90.9%) 48 (98.0%) 29 (100.0%)
Yes 2 (2.2%) 2 (5.4%) 0 (0.0%) 1 (9.1%) 1 (2.0%) 0 (0.0%)
p-value p = 0.166 F p = 0.337 F
Periodontics No 82 (91.1%) 34 (91.9%) 48 (90.6%) 11 (100.0%) 46 (93.9%) 24 (82.8%)
Yes 8 (8.9%) 3 (8.1%) 5 (9.4%) 0 (0.0%) 3 (6.1%) 5 (17.2%)
p-value p = 1.00 F p = 0.179 F
Oral Radiology No 81 (90.0%) 32 (86.5%) 49 (92.5%) 10 (90.9%) 44 (89.8%) 26 (89.7%)
Yes 9 (10.0%) 5 (13.5%) 4 (7.5%) 1 (9.1%) 5 (10.2%) 3 (10.3%)
p-value p = 0.479 F p = 1.00 F
Removable Prosthodontics No 74 (82.2%) 29 (78.4%) 45 (84.9%) 9 (81.8%) 40 (81.6%) 24 (82.8%)
Yes 16 (17.8%) 8 (21.6%) 8 (15.1%) 2 (18.2%) 9 (18.4%) 5 (17.2%)
p-value p = 0.576¥ p = 1.00 F
Fixed Prosthodontics No 80 (88.9%) 34 (91.9%) 46 (86.8%) 10 (90.9%) 44 (89.8%) 25 (86.2%)
Yes 10 (11.1%) 3 (8.1%) 7 (13.2%) 1 (9.1%) 5 (10.2%) 4 (13.8%)
p-value p = 0.516 F p = 0.889 F
Ethics and Law No 85 (94.4%) 34 (91.9%) 51 (96.2%) 10 (90.9%) 45 (91.8%) 29 (100.0%)
Yes 5 (5.6%) 3 (8.1%) 2 (3.8%) 1 (9.1%) 4 (8.2%) 0 (0.0%)
p-value p = 0.398 F p = 0.30 F
Biostatistics No 85 (94.4%) 34 (91.9%) 51 (96.2%) 10 (90.9%) 45 (91.8%) 29 (100.0%)
Yes 5 (5.6%) 3 (8.1%) 2 (3.8%) 1 (9.1%) 4 (8.2%) 0 (0.0%)
p-value p = 0.398 F p = 0.30 F
General Surgery No 82 (91.1%) 32 (86.5%) 50 (94.3%) 10 (90.9%) 42 (85.7%) 29 (100.0%)
Yes 8 (8.9%) 5 (13.5%) 3 (5.7%) 1 (9.1%) 7 14.3(%) 0 (0.0%)
p-value p = 0.266 F p = 0.073 F
  1. ¥ Chi-square test
  2. F Fisher Exact test
  3. * Statistically significant p < 0.05