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Exploring factors affecting part-time students' academic success in Malaysian polytechnic institutions


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Abstract (summary)

This study investigated the role of demographic characteristics and employment variables in predicting adult learners' academic success as defined by their cumulative grade point average (CGPA). The impact of work experience on students' academic success was further examined. The sample consisted of 614 part-time students from four polytechnic institutions in Malaysia.

Demographic characteristics studied included respondent's age, gender, marital status, number of children, first-generation status, and financial resources. Employment variables assessed were number of years working, job relatedness to the program, job satisfaction, and monthly salary. The study identified six factors to measure the students' perceived influence of work experiences—positive belief, negative belief, intrinsic motivation, learning orientation, deep learning approach, and surface learning approach.

Results indicated that being an older student, being female, paying for their own education, and having high job satisfaction were statistically significant predictors of part-time students' academic success. Academic success was affected moderately by the negative belief and weakly by intrinsic motivation. Positive belief was significantly influenced by deep learning approach, intrinsic motivation, and learning orientation. Negative belief was influenced by surface learning approach.

Understanding the effects of demographic characteristics, employment variables, and the perceived influence of work experience on students' academic success might help administrators and educators to effectively design teaching and learning strategies, assessment methods, and motivational and intervention programs to enhance part-time students' academic success.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Adult education;
Higher education;
College students;
Academic achievement;
Technical services;
Colleges & universities
Classification
0516: Adult education
0745: Higher education
Identifier / keyword
Education; Academic success; Adult learners; Learning approaches; Malaysia; Motivational factors; Non-traditional students; Work experience
Title
Exploring factors affecting part-time students' academic success in Malaysian polytechnic institutions
Author
Ibrahim, Norhayati
Number of pages
146
Publication year
2011
Degree date
2011
School code
0097
Source
DAI-A 72/12, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124874555
Advisor
Freeman, Steven A.
Committee member
Mickelson, Steven K.; Schwab, Charles V.; Shelley, Mack C.; Zachary, Loren W.
University/institution
Iowa State University
Department
Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
University location
United States -- Iowa
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3473277
ProQuest document ID
894765579
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/894765579
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