Indonesian Primary School Students’ Perceptions on Academic Help-seeking Behaviour

Abstract

Seeking academic help when students are facing academic difficulties is considered to be an adaptive behaviour. However, many studies have found that some students are reluctant to seek academic help. Moreover, today, the educational system in Indonesia is undertaking significant reformation from teacher centred to student centred paradigm. Under such a refocus, students should have a much more central role in the processes of learning. This study aims to investigate the Indonesian primary schools students’ perception on academic help-seeking behaviour. There were 55 students from five primary schools in Jakarta participated in focus group interviews for this study. Data analysis using NVIVO software involves coding of data sets into different main themes to examine linkages, relationships and exemplars were used in this study. Results indicated that students hold the beliefs that asking help is difficult however they also perceived that this behaviour is an important behaviour. Furthermore, students also identified factors that perceived as support and inhibits this particular behaviour. Teacher’s factors mainly the important factors that influence their behaviour whether or not to ask for help. Another factors found in this study were peers parents and students’ internal factors. By listening to students’ voices about their experience of asking help in academic provide better understanding the nature of students’ academic help-seeking. Also, hopefully this study will help them to provide conducive environment to promote it in the future. Keyword: academic help-seeking; primary school students; teacher’s perceptions



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Ratna Suryaratri, Charles Darwin Univeristy, Australia

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Conference: ACP2014
Stream: Psychology

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