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ERIC Number: ED438763
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 72
Abstractor: N/A
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"Fiddle-Dee-Dee, I'll Think About It Tomorrow": Overcoming Academic Procrastination in Higher Education.
Sweitzer, Nancy Guadalupe
This dissertation reviews procrastination, and academic procrastination in particular, focusing on research which analyzes methods that both college students and professors can employ to effectively combat academic procrastination. The first section of the paper examines various forms and sources of procrastination, childhood conditions contributing to procrastination, and academic procrastination. Six styles of academic procrastination are described: the Perfectionist, who does not want anything less than perfect; the Dreamer, those who want life to be easy and pleasant; the Worrier, who fears risk; the Defier, who rebels against rules; the Crisis-maker, who looks for an adrenaline rush by doing a task at the last minute; and the Overdoer, who agrees to undertake too much but cannot make choices and establish priorities. In the second section of the paper student perspectives are examined; five full-time college students were interviewed and given a self-assessment quiz that measures procrastination styles students identify with. Suggestions for overcoming academic procrastination are also offered. A third section of the study focuses on educators' perspectives. One college professor is interviewed on the perceived effectiveness of methods used to help students keep on track, and various teacher-implemented motivation methods are evaluated. Appended are student and professor interview questions and transcripts. (Contains 23 references.) (RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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