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ERIC Number: EJ1208435
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Aug
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2354-2160
Relationship between Career Aspirations and Study Behaviours among Second Year Distance Learners of the University of Cape Coast, Ghana
Arhin, Vera
African Educational Research Journal, v6 n3 p173-180 Aug 2018
The purpose of the study was to examine the relationship between career aspirations and study behaviours among distance learners of the University of Cape Coast (Ghana) who performed poorly during their first year of study. The correlation research design that employed the explanatory sequential mixed methods approach was adopted for the study. Specifically, three hundred and sixty eight (368) participants were purposively selected, out of which 357 were used for analysis. Social Cognitive Career Theory as postulated by Lent et al. (1994) formed the study's theoretical framework. Data analysis was done using the descriptive statistics and tetrachoric correlation coefficient as well as the Merriam process of analytical coding. The results of the quantitative analysis revealed that the majority of participants had positive career aspirations as well as good study behaviours. However, the correlation coefficient was r(355) = 0.273, p = 0.01, meaning the correlation between the two variables was statistically significant but weak. The study recommends that, in order to help boost students' academic performance, management of the College of Distance Education of the University of Cape Coast should organise periodic career guidance seminars for students, to stimulate their career awareness and nurture their enthusiasm.
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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: Ghana