The Participation Factors of Postgraduate Students
This study investigated the factors influencing students' participation in a master's programme. The findings of this study suggested that the majority of the respondents were highly driven by physical and psychological factors with psychological factors ranked the highest. The study also sought to investigate the relationship between the demographic profiles of the respondents with the identified factors of participation. The findings suggest that age, and marital status as well as the university's reputation have an influence on the students' physical factors while the respondents' age and profession have an influence on the psychological and social factors. These findings confirm the discussions by Knowles (1990) and Rogers (2001) on the role of adult learners' characteristics in their learning process. Several implications were discussed and some suggestions were made based on the findings all of which aim to increase the participation of the adults in the postgraduate programmes.
Keywords: Postgraduate, Participation Factors, Adult learners
Assoc. Prof. Faizah Abd. Majid
Head, Postgraduate Department