Secondary School Students in Online University Courses: A Case Study

J.M. Matuga (USA)


Secondary online students; motivation; self-regulation; achievement; online program models; case study


This proposal describes a pilot program designed to create an online corridor to higher education for secondary school students. This grant-funded project was designed to offer qualified secondary students, entering their junior or senior years, online science courses at a university in the United States. Forty-three students (average grade point average 3.8 out of 4) qualified for and participated in the pilot program. Data collected from each student include an entrance survey, an abbreviated version (30 items) Motivation Strategies for Learning Questionnaire (MSLQ) was collected before and after students took their online course, and achievement (i.e., final grades) were collected from forty (N=40) students. A description of this program and preliminary research results investigating online secondary students’ motivation, self regulation, and achievement in these online university courses will be presented and discussed.

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