What Motivates You towards Academic Success? A Comparative Study


Student motivation is a very difficult element to identify in academic success, has been the focus of many studies in the educational field around the world; the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is no exception. Faculties often find it challenging to align their teaching strategies and course learning outcomes with the factors affecting student motivation. Research focusing on analyzing motivating factors behind student success at the Petroleum Institute (PI) has been on-going for the past 18 months. Findings show that contrary to the teacher’s perception, the students are quite concerned about the quality of education they get compared to their being focused on getting A’s regardless of the quality of learning. The current study follows up on these findings by comparing the data collected at the PI, an engineering-only government-sponsored university, and data collected from Abu Dhabi University (ADU), a private university offering multiple degree options. Results of the study and possible explanations for these results will be discussed.

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Samira Fahmi, The Petroleum Institute, UAE

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Conference: ACLL2015
Stream: Anxiety and Motivation

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