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ERIC Number: EJ1135601
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-2161-7252
Intrinsic and Extrinsic Interlay Factors in Saudi Graduate Students' Perception of Performance and Success
Maguire, Richard K.; Corbin, Thomas Philip, Jr.
Journal of International Education and Leadership, v5 n1 Spr 2015
The natural symbiotic relationship between intrinsic and extrinsic factors and how they contribute to student success is undeniable. A plethora of work including self-determination, attribution, and social cognitive theories speak about academic achievement by students having a reciprocity relationship between the extrinsic factors that underline or accentuate intrinsic motivating factors that in turn re-enforce extrinsic factors such as familiar and societal pressures upon the student. This study examines to what extent motivating factors, including but not limited to, self-efficacy, attribution, and self-regulated goal setting have contributed to the pursuit of higher education in Saudi Arabia by traditionally underrepresented students. The recorded data was collected using mixed-method design combining quantitative and qualitative analysis. Closed-ended surveys and interviews conducted in social and traditional sensitive manners were conducted by a controlled group of research assistants at one learning institution on an advanced group of postgraduate students at another institution to gauge and identify the motivational factors that influence tendencies towards postgraduate studies. The initial pilot of the research consisted of thirty master's degree students and five doctoral students. The research results and their review have shown the strong symbiotic relationship between extrinsic and intrinsic motivating factors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Saudi Arabia
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