ERIC Number: EJ784932
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Motives, Attitudes and Approaches to Studying in Distance Education
Richardson, John T. E.
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning, v54 n3 p385-416 Sep 2007
This study investigated the relationships between demographic characteristics, motives and attitudes to studying, self-reported study behaviour and measures of outcome. Students taking courses by distance learning received a postal survey containing a short form of the Motivated Strategies and Learning Questionnaire (MSLQ) and the Revised Approaches to Studying Inventory (RASI). Path analysis was used to assess the causal relationships among 395 students' age, gender and prior qualifications, their scores on the MSLQ and the RASI and their marks. Evidence was obtained for the causal efficacy of most of the paths among the main components. In particular, the causal link between variations in students' motives and attitudes and variations in their study behaviour is bidirectional.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Motivation, Study Habits, Distance Education, Path Analysis, Mail Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire; Approaches to Studying Inventory