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Towards a Higher Learning Motivation among Malaysian Undergraduate Students - A Case Study of Motivation Change in Malaysian Undergraduate Students after the Global Study Program (GSP) in Japan

Lim Way Soong1, Leow Meng Chew1, Lim Chot Hun1, Hiroki Igarashi2, Ioannis Gaitanidis2 and Satoko Shao-Kobayashi 2
  • 1 Multimedia University, Malaysia
  • 2 Chiba University, Japan
American Journal of Applied Sciences
Volume 14 No. 8, 2017, 808-822

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3844/ajassp.2017.808.822

Submitted On: 7 June 2016 Published On: 19 August 2017

How to Cite: Soong, L. W., Chew, L. M., Hun, L. C., Igarashi, H., Gaitanidis, I. & Shao-Kobayashi , S. (2017). Towards a Higher Learning Motivation among Malaysian Undergraduate Students - A Case Study of Motivation Change in Malaysian Undergraduate Students after the Global Study Program (GSP) in Japan. American Journal of Applied Sciences, 14(8), 808-822. https://doi.org/10.3844/ajassp.2017.808.822

Abstract

This research paper outlines the Malaysian and Japanese undergraduate students' learning motivation, before and after joining a Global Study Program (GSP) held in Chiba University, Japan from 14 March-28 March 2016. A total of 15 Malaysian undergraduate students from Multimedia University, consisting of 2nd year to 4th year students, joined the GSP together with 15 Japanese 1st year to 4th year undergraduate students from Chiba University. The study focused on examining students' learning motivation in three experiment phases. The 1st phase of experiment consisted of conducting surveys on all students before the commencement of GSP. The 2nd phase of experiment consisted of daily observational measurements toward students' motivation and performance. Lastly, the 3rd phase of experiment consisted of conducting the same surveys again on all students after the GSP. Note that the survey consisted of 29 questions covering value components, expectancy components, affective components and self-perceived learning components. The results of this study indicated that the learning motivation of Malaysian and Japanese undergraduate students had significantly improved after joining the GSP course. 

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Keywords

  • Learning Motivation
  • Malaysian Undergraduates Students
  • Global Study Program (GSP)