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Relationships between university students’ achievement motivation, attitude and academic performance in Malaysia


Abu Bakar, Kamariah and Ahmad Tarmizi, Rohani and Mahyuddin, Rahil and Elias, Habibah and Wong, Su Luan and Mohd Ayub, Ahmad Fauzi (2010) Relationships between university students’ achievement motivation, attitude and academic performance in Malaysia. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2 (2). pp. 4906-4910. ISSN 1877-0428


Student achievement problems are often highlighted in academic literature and the mass media and therefore, it is pertinent for educators to be aware and to study the factors related to student achievements such as achievement motivation and attitude. The purpose of this study was to identify the relationships between the achievement motivation, attitude and student academic performance. The research design employed was a descriptive correlational. Data were collected by self-reported questionnaire on a sample using cluster sampling technique based on the different faculty of studies in the university. The respondents were 1484 students from a local university (1102 females and 382 males). They were following the education, science, humanities, agriculture/technical/engineering programmes. Results indicated a positive significant correlation between students’ attitude towards learning and achievement motivation (r= 0.53, p < .001), and between students’ attitude and academic achievement (r = 0.16, p < .001). However, a negative and low correlation (r=-.038, p > .05) was observed between students’ achievement motivation (nAch) and their academic achievement. The implications of the findings were also discussed in the paper.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Educational Studies
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2010.03.793
Publisher: Elsevier
Keywords: Academic peformance; Attitudes towards learning; Achievement motivation; Attitudes towards peer influence; Gender differences
Depositing User: Emelda Mohd Hamid
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2012 01:32
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2015 01:33
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