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

Suryaratri, Ratna and Shaw, Gregory (2014). Indonesian Primary School Students' Perceptions on Academic Help-seeking Behaviour. In: The Asian Conference on Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences Osaka, Japan Conference, Osaka, Japan, 27-30 March 2014.

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Author Suryaratri, Ratna
Shaw, Gregory
Title Indonesian Primary School Students' Perceptions on Academic Help-seeking Behaviour
Conference Name The Asian Conference on Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences Osaka, Japan Conference
Conference Location Osaka, Japan
Conference Dates 27-30 March 2014
Conference Publication Title The Asian Conference on Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences Osaka, Japan Conference Proceedings 2014
Publisher The International Academic Forum (IAFOR)
Publication Year 2014
ISSN 2187-4743   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 309
End Page 324
Total Pages 16
HERDC Category E1 - Conference Publication (DIISR)
Abstract When students face academic difficulties and seek help it is considered to be an adaptive behaviour. However, studies indicate that some students are reluctant to adapt and seek academic help when they need it. Education in Indonesia is slowly moving from a teacher centred to a student centred focus. Under a student centred focus, students should have a much more central role in the processes of their learning. This study aims to investigate Indonesian primary schools students’ perceptions of academic support available to them and their own academic help-seeking behaviour (AHS). Fifty five students from five primary schools in Jakarta participated in focus group interviews. QSR NVIVO 10 software was used to identify the main themes that emerged from the data. Results indicate that students find it difficult to ask for academic help even though they believed that they should ask for help when they need it to improve their academic success. Student identified factors that support and inhibiting AHS are presented. The study also confirms that teacher’s behaviours are a significant influence on students AHS. The impact of peers and students’ own internal factors on AHS are also considered. Listening to the students’ voices about their experience of asking for academic help provides a better understanding of the nature of AHS. Also this study provides guidance to facilitating a more conducive and
effective environment for students’ AHS in Indonesian schools; and this in turn may provide some directions for other contexts.
Keyword Academic help-seeking
Primary school students
Students' perceptions
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URL http://iafor.org/conferences/acp2014/
http://iafor.org/archives/proceedings/ACP/ACP2014_proceedings.pdf


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