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ERIC Number: EJ778573
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
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ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0007-0998
Individual Values, Learning Routines and Academic Procrastination
Dietz, Franziska; Hofer, Manfred; Fries, Stefan
British Journal of Educational Psychology, v77 n4 p893-906 Dec 2007
Background: Academic procrastination, the tendency to postpone learning activities, is regarded as a consequence of postmodern values that are prominent in post-industrialized societies. When students strive for leisure goals and have no structured routines for academic tasks, delaying strenuous learning activities becomes probable. Aims: The model tested in this study posits that postmodern value orientations are positively related to procrastination and to a lack of daily routines concerning the performance of academic activities. In contrast, modern values are negatively related to procrastination and positively to learning routines. Academic procrastination, in-turn, should be associated with the tendency to prefer leisure activities to schoolwork in case of conflicts between these two life domains. Sample: Seven hundred and four students from 6th and 8th grade with a mean age of 13.5 years participated in the study. The sample included students from all tracks of the German educational system. Method: Students completed a questionnaire containing two value prototypes as well as scales on learning routines and procrastination. Decisions in motivational conflicts were measured using two vignettes. Results and Conclusions: Results from structural equation modelling supported the proposed model for the whole sample as well as for each school track. A planned course of the day can prevent procrastination and foster decisions for academic tasks in case of conflicts. Students' learning takes place within a societal context and reflects the values held in the respective culture.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 6; Grade 8; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany