Motivation and study habits of working adults : a case study of Masters students in Open University Malaysia

Loo, Sze Wei and Tuan Fatma Tuan Sulaiman, and Wardah Mohamad, and Zorah Abu Kasim, (2011) Motivation and study habits of working adults : a case study of Masters students in Open University Malaysia. In: The International Lifelong Learning Conference (ICLLL) 2011 , 14-15 November 2011, Seri Pacific Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

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The objective of this study was to explore what motivates working adults to continue with their studies and what are their study habits. A group of OUM masters students from the Faculty of Business and Management were studied using the case study approach. The main implication from the case findings is that working adults are highly motivated in pursuing their studies and that there are many sources of motivation for them. A new job, increased career prospects, gaining knowledge, a pay increase and filling their time are some of the factors that motivate these students to further their studies. Their study habits also differ widely from a short time span to full concentration, from early in the morning to late at night and from formal sessions to minutes of stolen time. The research looked at how the students studied and how motivated they are. The findings from the study are useful to students, academicians and university administrators alike. Students can seek to learn from their friends’ experiences, academicians can tailor the learning process to cater to students’ needs and behaviour, whilst university administrators can find ways to market their programmes and retain their students. As the research has initiated some new questions in the behaviour of working adults, it can serve as the basis for further research in the area. (Abstract by authors)

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Motivation, Study Habits, Life Long Learning
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Management
Depositing User: Shahril Effendi Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2011 02:20
Last Modified: 16 May 2013 07:29

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