Evaluation of factors affecting students' performance in tertiary education

Kawtar Tani, Elizabeth Dalzell, Nathan Ehambara, Anne Steele, Shagesheela Murugasu

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The aim of this study is to evaluate factors contributing to poor academic performance of students in
higher education. Data was collected in 2017 from 216 students enrolled in different programmes at a
higher education provider in New Zealand. The effect of factors relating to family obligations, work and
social commitments, and financial concerns were analysed. Results showed significant relationship
between academic performance of students and their attendance. Other significant findings included the
relationship between attendance and the level of study; work shift; ethnicity; whether participants had any
dependents; and how studies were funded. Implications and limitations of this study are presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
JournalJournal of Pedagogical Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 23 May 2019
Externally publishedYes


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