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ERIC Number: EJ1043449
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0957 7572
The Mediator Effects of Imagination between Learning Environment and Academic Performance: A Comparison between Science and Engineering Majors
Hsu, Ming-Chieh; Chiang, Chenwei; Liang, Chaoyun
International Journal of Technology and Design Education, v24 n4 p419-436 Nov 2014
The purpose of the present study was twofold: (1) to examine the mediator effects of imagination between learning environment and academic performance, and (2) to compare differences between the environment--imagination--performance structural models of science and engineering majors. A survey was administered at eight universities across different regions of Taiwan. The participants in this study were divided into two groups. The first group consisted of 529 science majors, whereas the second group consisted of 523 engineering majors. A confirmatory factor analysis was conducted to confirm the structure of the measures employed in this study. A structural equation modeling was used to test all the hypotheses proposed. With respect to the "science" group, our results showed that, through the mediation of imagination, "learning resources" had a dominant impact on academic performance, whereas both "human aggregate" and "organizational measure" had moderate influences. In contrast, among the "engineering" group, both "human aggregate" and "social climate" had relatively strong effects on academic performance, whereas both "learning resources" and "organizational measure" had mild influence. These findings seem promising enough to warrant further inquiry. They also provide insights for fields in which imaginative talent and creative performance are essential. Finally, practical applications of the present study were suggested, limitations were acknowledged, and future research was discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan
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