Does the Location in Which the Student Sits in the Classroom Affect His or Her Performance? Evidence from an Accounting Principles Course

Document Type


Department or Administrative Unit


Publication Date

Winter 2008


For many years of teaching, it has been casually observed by one of the authors that students sitting in the front of the room have performed better than students sitting in the back of the room. This paper examines the impact of the row in which the student sits (measured by rows 1 through 5) on his or her performance (measured by the final grade of student) in an Accounting Principles courses. Controlling for the grade point average and certain exploratory variables (year in school, major, and gender), the regression analysis indicated that there is no relationship between the class row and the student performance. While the great point average has a positive and significant relationship with the student performance, the student major has a negative and significant relationship with the student performance. On the other hand, the student year in school has a positive and marginal relationship with the student performance.


This article was originally published in International Journal of Education Research.

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