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ERIC Number: ED360476
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 16
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Students' Anxiety in Learning through Distance Education.
Jegede, Olugbemiro J.; Kirkwood, Jannette
Student anxiety in learning through distance education was measured using a modified version of the Docking's Affect Adjective Checklist and a student opinionnaire on factors affecting distance learning. The instruments were completed by 222 University of Southern Queensland (Australia) students enrolled in distance education. The instruments were administered both before and after the semester. The responses were subjected to statistical analysis by the t-test and analysis of variance techniques. The students exhibited a high anxiety level (a sample mean of 19 out of a possible 23) and were generally more anxious about their studies after the semester than before it (a sample mean of 21 out of a possible 23). On the other hand, students' negative feelings toward the top three factors affecting distance learning (content of study materials, finance, and readiness) decreased significantly at the end of the semester. Gender, age, marital status, and course of study were not significantly related to students' anxiety about distance education. However, a significant increase was noticed for the factor of time between the students' pre-semester and post-semester opinions, while some increase was noted for the factors of employment, family support, and "other" (health-related). It may be that while the students found ways to cope with the factors associated with content, environment, and readiness, the factors of time, employment, and family support were likely associated with more problems than the students had expected. (Contains 16 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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