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Comparison of Academic Motivation between Business and Healthcare Students in Online Learning: A Concurrent Nested Mixed-Method Study

Kotera, Yasuhiro; Gorchakova, Valentina; Maybury, Sarah; Edwards, Ann-Marie; Kotera, Hiromasa

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Authors

Valentina Gorchakova

Sarah Maybury

Ann-Marie Edwards

Hiromasa Kotera



Abstract

While the demand for online education and the diversity of online students have been increasing worldwide, how online students motivate themselves to continuously engage in learning remains to be appraised. Research in the face-to-face contexts reports that academic motivation is central to student success and wellbeing, and the type of motivation can differ by subject. In particular, the motivation of business students and healthcare students can differ considerably. This study aimed to understand the motivation of online students, and compare them between business and healthcare students using a concurrent nested mixed-method design with correlation and thematic analyses. A survey regarding motivation, learning enjoyment, and study willingness was responded to by 120 online students (61 business and 59 healthcare). Business students were associated with extrinsic motivation, whereas healthcare students were associated with intrinsic motivation. While students in both groups enjoyed the pursuit of knowledge, healthcare students valued the process and accomplishment, whereas business students regarded education as steppingstones in their careers. Findings can help educators develop effective motivational support for these student groups.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 18, 2022
Online Publication Date Aug 19, 2022
Publication Date Aug 19, 2022
Deposit Date Nov 4, 2022
Publicly Available Date Nov 7, 2022
Journal Healthcare
Electronic ISSN 2227-9032
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 8
Article Number 1580
DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare10081580
Keywords academic motivation, online students, intrinsic motivation, extrinsic motivation, mixed-method
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/10358450
Publisher URL https://www.mdpi.com/2227-9032/10/8/1580

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