Level of Academic Satisfaction and Involvement of Distance Education Learners

By Rehana Khan and Masrur Alam Khan.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This study investigated the academic satisfaction, attitude and level of involvement in the programme of MA (Education) learners of Allama Iqbal Open University. The data were collected from 112 students who enrolled in the programme in Spring 2004 semester from Rawalpindi and Islamabad region. Likert scales were used for the collection of data. Results indicated that students exhibited moderate level of satisfaction towards their programme of study. Significant t-test (6.43 at alpha-05) indicated that female students were more satisfied than male students; the mean score on satisfaction scale for females was 39.25 and for males was 37.70. Insignificant t-test indicated that both male and female students were equally involved in activities related to their programme. The results further showed that female students exhibited a significant positive attitude towards the programme (t=7.10, alpha .05), mean score for female was 46.08 and for male was 42.64). A significant correlation between level of satisfaction and involvement (r = .21, alpha .05) and between attitude and satisfaction (r = .16 alpha .05) were observed. It can be concluded from the findings that the academic quality of MA (Education) programme of AIOU has reached the level of students’ expectations to some extent.

Keywords: Academic Satisfaction

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 6, pp.157-162. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 524.323KB).

Dr. Rehana Khan

Professor, Department of Secondary Teacher Education, Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad, Islamabad, Pakistan

Rehana Masrur Khan, PhD, is a professor and former head in the Department of Secondary Teacher Education at Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad (Pakistan). She carries about 30 years of teaching and research experience. Dr. Rehana possesses vast experience of curriculum development in evaluation and measurement at post-graduate level. She received her doctorate degree in Education (Research & Evaluation) from University of the Philippines Systems, Diliman, Philippines in 1990. She was a Post-doc visiting scholar at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1995. Dr. Rehana has conducted various research projects with the collaboration of Asian Development Bank, University Grants Commission, Pakistan and Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA. She has participated in various international and national conferences in USA, Philippines, Malaysia and Pakistan. She has authored several research papers published in national and International Research Journals beside a text book on Research Methodology. She has also contributed a number of chapters in text books for postgraduate program.

Dr. Masrur Alam Khan

Associate Professor, Department of Communication,, International Islamic University, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia

Masrur Alam Khan, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication, International University Malaysia. Prior to joining this University in 1998, he was Chairman, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication and Head, Mass Communication Research Centre, Gomal University, Pakistan. He carries over 36 years of teaching, research and professional experience. Dr. Khan holds masters in Journalism with distinction and received his doctorate in communication in 1990. Dr. Khan has been honored to have Fulbright Post-doctoral Research Fellowship award in 1995-96. After his PhD Dr. Khan has been involved in international and national research projects and he has evaluated more than 36 PhD and masters’ theses. Dr. Khan has authored 25 research papers, published in national and international research journals. Dr. Khan participated in 24 International Conferences in USA, Lithuania, Malaysia and Pakistan. He has also participated in 46 national conferences, seminar, talks and workshops in Pakistan and Malaysia. Dr. Khan started his professional career in 1963 as a student editor later as staff editor of several magazines and Journals.

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