Academic procrastination: prevalence, self-reported reasons, gender difference and it's relation with academic achievement

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2005
Uzun Özer, Bilge R
The purpose of the present study was mainly fourfold; 1) to examine the undergraduate students̕ level of academic procrastination in relation to gender; 2) to investigate the undergraduate students̕ prevalence of procrastination in relation to gender in six areas of academic functioning namely; writing a term paper, studying for an exam, keeping up reading weekly assignments, performing academic administrative tasks, attendance tasks, and school activities in general; 3) to find out the relationship between academic procrastination score and academic achievement of undergraduate students; and 4) to reveal the self-reported reasons of academic procrastination in relation to gender. The Procrastination Assessment Scale-Students (PASS) was translated and adapted into Turkish and used as the data collection instrument. The data was gathered from 784 undergraduate students from different grades and 37 departments of Middle East Technical University. The results of the study revealed that 52% of METU students procrastinate on their academic tasks and the findings revealed that male students procrastinate more than female students. Moreover, the results of the prevalent analysis showed that the students nearly always or always engage in procrastination on the areas of studying for an exam, writing a term paper, and reading weekly reading assignments more than the other three areas namely; academic administrative tasks, attendance tasks and the tasks related to school activities in general. In addition, the results regarding the relationship between academic procrastination and academic achievement revealed a significant negative relationship between the two variables. Finally, factor analysis was conducted to find out the self-reported reasons of academic procrastination and four factors were found as excuses of students namely; fear of failure, risk taking, laziness, and

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B. R. Uzun Özer, “Academic procrastination: prevalence, self-reported reasons, gender difference and it’s relation with academic achievement,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2005.