Correlation Between Sitting Preference in Class and Academic Performance: a Behavioral Study

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Correlation between
Sitting preference in Class and Academic performance:
A behavioral study

Submitted To:
Professor Dr. A.I. Mahbub Uddin Ahmed
Chairman
Department of Sociology
University of Dhaka

Submitted By:
Tanvir Ahmed Khan Tanu
BBA 18th (A)
ZR-06

Institute of Business Administration (IBA)
University of Dhaka

Table of Contents

Abstract ….…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………........0 1.Introduction4
1.1Objective of the Study5
1.2Key Definitions5
1.3Hypothesis5
2.Methodology5
2.1Participants5
2.2Materials and Procedure5
3.Findings6
4.Observation9
5.Discussion and Conclusion10
Reference ….…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...... Appendix 1 ….…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………....

Correlation between
Sitting preference in class and academic performance:
A behavioral study
Tanvir Ahmed Khan Tanu

Abstract: The study seeks to identify the relationship between student seating preference within the classroom and academic performance. Data was collected from 56 2nd year BBA students of IBA, Dhaka University through questionnaire survey. The result showed there is an inverse relation between sitting in the back seats and CGPA. However, the direction of inverse relation is not incrementally linear. Key words: Sitting preference, CGPA, front benchers, back benchers.

Introduction:
Instructors often advise poor performing students to sit up front. Moreover, there is a common belief that students sitting in the front are better performers than backbenchers. Yet, does this routinely given suggestion affect grades as expected? The author investigates whether sitting in front of the class increases the chance of having good grade points. The study was carried out on 3rd semester Students of BBA program of Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka.

1.1 Objective of the Study:
The objective is to investigate whether any correlation exists between a student’s sitting preference in class (independent variable) and his academic performance, expressed in terms of grade points or CGPA (dependent variable).

1.2 Key Definitions:
Sitting preference: The author defines sitting preference as “A student’s natural inclination to sit in a specific area of the class room (front, middle or back)” CGPA: According to Pennsylvania State University website, CGPA or Cumulative Grade Point Average is a calculation of the average of all of a student's grades for all semesters and courses completed up to a given academic term1.

1.3 Hypothesis:
Front benchers get better grades than back benchers.

Methodology:

1.4 Participants:
* 56 BBA students in 2nd semester of IBA participated in a questionnaire survey. Participation was voluntary, non-paid and anonymous. 1.5 Materials and Procedure:
The survey was titled “Correlation between CGPA and Sitting Behavior” and it contained 4 questions, 3 multiple choices and one open ended. Participants were requested to write down their current CGPA in the assigned box and chose among 9 options where they habitually sit or prefer to sit in class. The options were: Front rows left, Front rows center, Front rows right, Middle rows left, Middle rows center, Middle rows right, Back benches left, Back benches center and Back benches right. CGPA were compared for each of the nine choices to find out any patterns in the result.

Findings:

The distribution of participants is shown in Table 1.

Front Left4| Front Center7| Front right3| Front Total14| Middle left4| Middle center8| Middle right9| Middle Total21| Back left14| Back center5| Back right2| Back Total21|
Left Total22| Center Total20| Right Total14| Total56|

Table 1: Distribution of participants according to sitting preference

Table 2 Shows Average CGPA for different preferred sitting positions. Front Left3.55| Front Center3.58| Front right3.88|...
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