Title

Exploring the motivators and blockers in second year undergraduate students: An ecological system approach

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

The Australian Educational Researcher

ISSN

03116999

Publisher

Springer

School

School of Arts and Humanities

Funders

Edith Cowan University

Comments

Loh, J. M. I., Robinson, K., & Muller-Townsend, K. (2021). Exploring the motivators and blockers in second year undergraduate students: An ecological system approach. The Australian Educational Researcher. 48(1), 85-106. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13384-020-00385-w

Abstract

© 2020, The Australian Association for Research in Education, Inc. This study explored second year undergraduates’ academic motivators and blockers at multiple ecological system levels. A total of 47 second year undergraduate students from Engineering, Nursing and Psychology in an Australian city university took part in participant-led interviews regarding their academic experience beyond their foundational semester. Using an ecological system approach as the overarching theoretical framework, Tinto’s model of student retention/persistence and Self-Determination Theory (SDT) were merged within this framework to identify potential motivators and blockers across individual, microsystem, mesosystem and macrosystem levels. Results revealed that academic motivators and blockers existed at multiple ecological levels and wielded direct as well as indirect impacts on student persistence. Cohort and context-specific challenges were also identified and this demonstrated the need to better understand the contributions of an ecological approach to student persistence experience.

DOI

10.1007/s13384-020-00385-w

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