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Medical Science Educator

, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 142–150 | Cite as

Motivation to Learn, Quality of Life and Estimated Academic Achievement: Medical Students Studying in New Zealand

  • Marcus A. Henning
  • Christian U. Krägeloh
  • Susan J. Hawken
  • Iain Doherty
  • Yipin Zhao
  • Boaz Shulruf
Original Research

Abstract

The quality of life of medical students and their motivation to learn are critical factors that have an impact on their ability to learn. The aim of this study was to investigate the associations between medical students’ perceptions of their quality of life, motivation to learn, and estimated grade at the end of the academic year. Two hundred and seventy-four medical students at years four and five of medical school participated in the study. Students filled in a demographic survey form, and shortened versions of the World Health Organization Quality of Life Questionnaire and the Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire. Significant correlations between quality of life and motivation to learn measures were obtained. Second, students who scored high on aspects of quality of life and motivation to learn also scored significantly higher on estimates of written grade. In conclusion, the results suggest that medical students’ perceptions about quality of life and motivation to learn are linked to estimation of academic achievement. The findings of this study further resonate with a key conceptual model in the motivation literature, which promotes the importance of creating opportunities for mastery learning, engaging task value, producing optimal learning contexts, and creating mechanisms for coping with and managing the inevitable anxiety-provoking learning experiences that medical students face.

Keywords

Medical students motivation to learn quality of life New Zealand 

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© Springer International Publishing 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcus A. Henning
    • 1
  • Christian U. Krägeloh
    • 2
  • Susan J. Hawken
    • 1
  • Iain Doherty
    • 1
  • Yipin Zhao
    • 1
  • Boaz Shulruf
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Medical and Health Sciences EducationUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.AUT UniversityAucklandNew Zealand

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