Self-directed Learning and its Relationship to Motivation for Learning among the Students of Al Aqaba University College/ Al Balqa Applied University

Nibal Malkawi


The present study aims to identify the relationship between self-directed learning and motivation to learn among the students of Al Aqaba University College, and to know the differences between gender and specialization.

The study was determined by the descriptive method, and the sample was selected purposefully and consisted of (100) students from the first year students, from the Accounting and administrative information systems specializations for the academic year 2016/2017.

The study relied on two data collection tools, namely the Self - Directed Learning Strategies Scale and academic motivation scale. The instruments were applied after studying their psychometric properties and make sure they are valid for use on the basic sample of the study.

The statistical methods used were limited to the Pearson correlation coefficient to measure the initial general hypothesis, the "T" test to indicate the difference between the two independent samples to measure the second general hypothesis and its partial hypotheses, where the following was reached:

  • Confirmation of the initial general hypothesis, which states that there is a statistically significant relationship between self-directed learning and motivation for learning among undergraduate students.
  • Confirmation of the second general hypothesis partially, that is, there are statistically significant differences in Self-directed learning and motivation for learning among undergraduate students according to gender variable, and there are no statistically significant differences in self-directed learning and motivation for learning among undergraduate students according to specialization Variable.

Finally, this study was interpreted in the light of some previous studies, based on previous back ground, the study concluded with some recommendations that would open the horizons for new research.

Keywords: Self-directed Learning, Motivation to Learn, Al Aqaba University College

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