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The relationship between affective factors and the academic achievement of students at the University of Venda

T D Sikhwari

Abstract




The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between affective factors
and the academic achievement of students at the University of Venda. To this end,
self-concept, motivation and attitude are the affective factors selected for the study.
The general aim of the study is to determine the role of self-concept, motivation and
attitude in students\' academic achievement and ultimately come up with some
recommendations for enhancing these factors. The theoretical investigation
indicates that there is a relationship between students\' self-concepts, motivation,
attitude, and academic achievement. Similarly, the empirical investigation has
revealed that there is a significant correlation between self-concept, motivation,
and academic achievement of students. It was, for example, found that female
students are significantly more motivated than their male counterparts. It is
therefore essential that educationists should understand the differences in
motivational orientations of their students in order to facilitate effective learning.

South African Journal of Higher Education Vol. 21 (3) 2007: pp. 520-536



http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/sajhe.v21i3.25721
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