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1 Australasian Higher Education Evaluation Forum (AHEEF) 2008 "Evidence based Decision Making: Scholarship and Practice" 2-3 October, 2008 Australasian Higher Education Evaluation Forum (AHEEF) 2008 "Evidence based Decision Making: Scholarship and Practice" 2-3 October, 2008 Students’ perceived motivation to learn: consistency across units Beatrice Tucker and Julie-Ann Pegden

2 eVALUate – unit survey Quantitative items Ask students their level of agreement What helps their achievement of the learning outcomes (items 1-7) Their level of motivation & engagement (items 8-10) Overall satisfaction (item 11) Qualitative items 1.What are the most helpful aspects of the unit? 2.How might the unit be improved?

3 Motivation 8. I am motivated to achieve the learning outcomes in this unit. Being motivated means having the desire or drive to learn, to complete tasks and to willingly strive for goals.

4 Previous Research Findings Higher % agreement motivation *Females *Part-time students *International students *Older students (26 yrs+) *PG students *External students *Higher grades (SWA) Health and Humanities vs Business and especially * Science and Engineering.

5 Research questions 1. Are students consistent in their reported level of motivation across units? 2. If so – what are their characteristics? 3. What factors motivate them? – what do they say?

6 Method Identified all student responses: –enrolled in 3 or more units –same reported agreement (motivation) SA = strongly agree A = agree D or SD = disagree or strongly disagree –exclusions – UJ or blank Qualitative comments analysed using SPSS Text Analysis for Surveys

7 Results eVALUate event – Semester 1, 2006 –1,911 units –response rate 28.9% by 32.7% students –25,090 surveys submitted by 8,379 students

8 Results N o students enrolled in 3+ units = 4983 Inconsistent agreement (motivation) = 76.7% (n = 3822) Consistent level of agreement (motivation) SA = 4.2% (n = 207) A = 16.3% (n = 812) D or SD = 1.0% (n = 52)

9 Demographics Strongly agree Females 61% Australian students 69% Disagree/strongly disagree Males 62% Australian students 73%

10 Faculty

11 Year of program

12 Age (years)

13 Grade average (percentage)

14 What do students say – SA

15 What do students say – D / SD

16 D/SD students tracked Semester / year Sem Sem Sem No. of students who were no longer enrolled ( graduated) 28 ( graduated) 24 still enrolled

17 Conclusion Students who consistently SA tend to be –female –studying in Health –1 st year –aged less than 25 years –achieve a grade average of 60 – 80% Comment on – teachers and unit (learning experiences, assessments)

18 Conclusion Students who consistently D/SD –males –studying in Science and Engineering –1 st, 2 nd, and 3 rd year –aged less than 25 years –achieve a grade average of 80% or less Comment on – need more information and help, organisation, assessments Many of these students leave course.


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