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《Tsinghua Journal of Education》 2009-06
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Study on the Popularity and Causes of Academic Procrastination of Chinese Undergraduates

PANG Wei-guo1 HAN Gui-ning2(1.School of Psychology and Cognitive Science,East China Normal University,Shanghai,200062;2.Antai College of Economics and Management,Shanghai Jiao Tong University,Shanghai,200052)  
Using the Questionnaire of Academic Procrastination for Undergraduates and the Questionnaire of Causes of Academic Procrastination for Undergraduates,this study explored the popularity and the causes of academic procrastination of 2200 undergraduates from 11 universities in East,Middle and West China.Results revealed that:1)Academic procrastination was relatively popular among Chinese college students,and had negative effects on the students' learning,emotions,and life;2)Male undergraduates had more assignment procrastination than the females did,while the female undergraduates experienced more negative feelings caused by procrastination;3)There was a sharp rise in assignment procrastination in the junior,indicating junior was a key transforming period of the total growing of undergraduates' academic procrastination;4)Low motivation to learn,lack of time management skills,negative emotions,perfectionism,and laziness were the main reasons that accounted for Chinese undergraduates' academic procrastination,while the task and environment characteristics did not show their significant impacts on the procrastinators.The implications of the results were discussed.
【Fund】: 教育部人文社会科学项目“大学生学习拖延的现状、成因及对策研究”(06JAXLX004)
【CateGory Index】: G642.0
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