An Investigation into the Nature of Academic Procrastination

KONCA, M. Yavuz and Semiz, Öznur (2009) An Investigation into the Nature of Academic Procrastination. In: 1st International Symposium on Sustainable Development, June 9-10, 2009, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.


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Academic procrastination is the voluntary delay of the completion of an academic task within the expected or desired time frame despite expecting to be worse off for the delay (Senécal et al. 1995; Steel 2007) . It is a dispositional trait that can have particularly serious consequences for students who are required to meet frequent deadlines. Research claims that 80%–95% of college students engage in procrastination (Ellis and Knaus 1977) and about 50% procrastinate in a consistent and problematic fashion (Day et al. 2000), delaying essential school-related activities. Some of the major causes of academic procrastination include fear of failure, inability to complete the task, a lack of time management or study skills, stress, or feeling overwhelmed with their work. This paper discusses the reasons why academic procrastination is a problem, why students procrastinate, and techniques for managing it. Implications for teachers will also be discussed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: academic procrastination, procrastinatory behaviour, motivation, college performance
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
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Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2012 10:40
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2012 12:42

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