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ERIC Number: EJ935215
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1011-3487
University Students' Attributions towards Academic Success or Failure
Chireshe, R.; Shumba, A.; Mudhovozi, P.; Denhere, C.
South African Journal of Higher Education, v23 n5 p865-876 2009
The study explored university students' perceptions of attributions to success or failure. A random cross-sectional survey design was employed. Seventy-two students (male = 44, female = 28) were randomly selected from the student population of a state university of age ranges 20 to 49 years. The data, collected using a self-administered questionnaire was analysed using the "chi"-square and frequencies. The study showed that the students consistently attributed success to internal factors and failure to external causes. Gender and age differences in attribution were not statistically significant. The study recommends further research with a larger sample to produce more generalisable results and the need for more interaction between lecturers and learners to reduce unwarranted suspicions by students. (Contains 7 tables.)
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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: Zimbabwe