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Factors affecting study performance of engineering undergraduates : : case studies of Malaysia and Australia

conference contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by A Paimin, M Alias, Roger HadgraftRoger Hadgraft, J Prpic
While student attrition is of concern to engineering educators there is still a lack of understanding of factors that can contribute to students’ success in engineering. The main purpose of this research has been to quantitatively examine the relationships between learning strategy, interest, intention and academic performance informed by the Theory of Reasoned Action (TRA). Participants were 135 Malaysian and 132 Australian engineering undergraduates who completed the Study Process Questionnaire (R-SPQ-2F) scale and Learner Autonomy Profile (LAP-SF) scale. The correlation coefficient analysis shows strong interrelationships between learning strategy, interest and intention while findings of the structural equation modelling (SEM) analysis revealed unexpected but interesting findings across the two countries. Two different models were established for the Malaysian and Australian data suggesting that intention is influenced by strategy only via the establishment of interest. This is consistent with the theory used.

History

Start Page

1

End Page

1

Number of Pages

1

Start Date

01/01/2013

Finish Date

01/01/2013

ISBN-13

9781629931364

Location

Putrajaya, Malaysia

Publisher

Research in Engineering Education Network

Place of Publication

Melbourne, Vic

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

RMIT University; Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia; University of Melbourne;

Era Eligible

Yes

Name of Conference

Research in Engineering Education Symposium