An exploratory investigation of motivation orientations of Indian business students: implications for educators
by Suresh Gopalan; Moula Cherikh; Lalitha Balakrishnan
International Journal of Indian Culture and Business Management (IJICBM), Vol. 17, No. 4, 2018

Abstract: India's rapid economic growth and favourable youth demographics have created an unprecedented demand for business graduates. Employer feedback indicates that large numbers of graduates are deficient in their knowledge, behaviours, and skill-sets to be effective in the workplace. This arises due to subpar institutions, lecture-based teaching, rote memorisation learning, and progress by passing exams. The need to institute educational reforms is widely acknowledged but hampered by the lack of knowledge about Indian business majors and their motivation towards education. A modified version of the motivated strategies for learning questionnaire (MSLQ) with 22 items was used to collect data on five aspects of motivation (extrinsic, intrinsic control of learning beliefs, self-efficacy, and test anxiety) from a sample of 462 students drawn from three colleges located in Chennai. A confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) confirmed the reliability and validity of the five constructs. A cluster analysis shows the emergence of three distinct clusters that differed across all five constructs. Implications for educators along with recommendations are discussed.

Online publication date: Mon, 08-Oct-2018

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