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Title: Factors influencing students' motivation to study at a university

Authors: Hana Urbancová; Adéla Fajčíková

Addresses: Department of Management, Faculty of Economics and Management, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Kamýcká 129, Suchdol, 16500 Prague, Czech Republic ' Department of Management, Faculty of Economics and Management, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Kamýcká 129, Suchdol, 16500 Prague, Czech Republic

Abstract: One of the main priorities of universities today is to determine the motivating factors influencing students' attitude towards their studies and whether they successfully graduate or not. The aim of the paper is to identify selected attributes influencing student motivation and evaluate their impact on the learning process. The results were obtained through a quantitative survey (n = 293) and were evaluated using descriptive and multi-dimensional statistics. The survey identified two main factors influencing the motivation to study (quality of teaching and teacher, personal aspirations), with variable strength ranging from 0.513 to 0.836. These findings may help in targeted preparation and optimisation of study programmes that would respect the key motivations of students, and as a direction for future research, particularly aimed at student performance and teaching results comparable in the national and international academic environment.

Keywords: higher education; learning process; motivational factors; personal aspirations; public university; quantitative survey; quality of teaching; satisfaction; students; teacher competences; teaching methods.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEED.2020.104286

International Journal of Education Economics and Development, 2020 Vol.11 No.1, pp.27 - 36

Received: 17 Aug 2018
Accepted: 09 Apr 2019

Published online: 26 Dec 2019 *

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