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Motivation and Learning Strategies of High School and University Students

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





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First-Year Programs Division Technical Session 4B: Assessing Student Motivation and Student Success

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First-Year Programs

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Quamrul H. Mazumder University of Michigan - Flint

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Dr. Quamrul Mazumder is currently an associate professor of mechanical engineering at University of Michigan-Flint. His areas of research include computational fluid dynamics, multiphase flow, quality in higher education, metacognition, motivation, and engagement of students. He is a Fulbright scholar travelled around the world to promote quality and globalization of higher education.

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Vasudha Kilaru University of Michigan - Flint

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Department of Computer Science, Engineering and Physics. Research Assistant and Academic Tutor for DEEP program in the University of Michigan -Flint.

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This research paper describes the motivation and learning strategies implemented by first year engineering students and high school students. The study was conducted using a survey questionnaire which consists of 18 categories of which 6 of them are related to motivation and 9 are related to learning strategies. The sample includes seventy-five senior high school students who were dual enrolled in university courses similar to university students and fifty-five first year university students participated in the survey. Both groups have the same instructor for offered courses and one of these courses were offered at offsite location and the other one was at the university main campus. An independent sample t-test was performed showing a significant difference between dual enrolled high school and university students in some categories of the motivation and learning strategies. In addition, gender comparison also showed a significant difference in some areas. Results of this study may be useful for development of strategies to improve level of motivation among first year engineering students. The results can also be used to develop initiative that may help students to become a better learners.

Mazumder, Q. H., & Kilaru, V. (2016, June), Motivation and Learning Strategies of High School and University Students Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25757

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