Motivation to Continue Higher Education: Turning LPDP Scholarship Awardees’ Views Into Multi-item Education Policy Recommendations


This study investigates the psycho-social dimensions of motivation among LPDP scholarship recipients in Indonesia, aiming to identify key factors influencing their decision to pursue higher education and provide insights for education policymakers. A mixed-methods approach was employed, including surveys and qualitative interviews with 143 LPDP scholarship recipients. Factor analysis was used to identify factors influencing motivation, and scale development techniques were applied to refine measurement items. The study identified five key factors influencing motivation: social pressures, cultural values, economic considerations, geographic challenges, and academic enthusiasm. While some variables exhibited acceptable reliability and validity, others require further refinement. The findings underscore the importance of considering psycho-social factors in understanding and fostering motivation for higher education. This research provides valuable insights for policymakers and education stakeholders in Indonesia, highlighting the complexities of motivation among LPDP scholarship recipients. By addressing socio-cultural, economic, and geographic barriers, policymakers can develop targeted interventions to enhance educational access and attainment. This study contributes to the limited literature on psycho-social dimensions of motivation for higher education, particularly among LPDP scholarship recipients in Indonesia. By integrating qualitative and quantitative methods, the research offers a comprehensive understanding of motivational factors. The findings emphasize the need for tailored policy interventions, including the establishment of community education centers, career counseling services, and infrastructure development. These recommendations aim to promote educational equity and support the academic aspirations of diverse student populations in Indonesia. Future studies should address limitations such as sample size constraints and measurement refinement, while exploring the effectiveness of proposed policy interventions to inform evidence-based policymaking in the education sector.

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Indri Islamiati, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia
Marzuki , Gajdah Mada University, Indonesia

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Conference: ACEID2024
Stream: Higher education

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Islamiati I., & M. (2024) Motivation to Continue Higher Education: Turning LPDP Scholarship Awardees’ Views Into Multi-item Education Policy Recommendations ISSN: 2189-101X – The Asian Conference on Education & International Development 2024 Official Conference Proceedings
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