The motivation to study: an analysis of the factors that motivate undergraduate engineering students

Maharaj, Chris, Blair, Erik ORCID: 0000-0001-8660-7660 and Chin Yuen Kee, sarah (2016) The motivation to study: an analysis of the factors that motivate undergraduate engineering students. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 42 (1). pp. 24-35. ISSN 0309-877X

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Abstract

The link between motivation and success is well documented; however, there is still room to problematise motivation in regards to the individual and contextual levels. This study looks at motivation in relation to students studying undergraduate engineering courses at a The University of the West Indies, St Augustine and seeks to discover the factors that motivate them to study and the factors that keep them motivated. An online questionnaire was constructed using 19 Likert-type questions and five questions that allowed for open-ended qualitative responses. The findings reveal that participants tended to be motivated by the increased possibility of desired future careers and tended to stay motivated by a combination of goal-orientation and family support. It is recommended that departments, faculties and institutions deliberate on shared and contextually constructed understandings of why students choose to enrol in particular university courses

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Education > Academic identity
Education
Education > Higher education
Education > Teaching and learning
Depositing User: Erik Blair
Date Deposited: 08 May 2018 11:02
Last Modified: 11 May 2018 09:59
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/4937

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