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Type of Resource: text

Genre: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Issuance: single unit

Date Created: Spring 2014

Date Issued: 2014

Publisher: Florida Atlantic University

Physical Form: Online Resource

Extent: 160 p.

Language(s): English

Summary: The purpose of this research was to identify the impact of students’ choice of timeof day for class activity and their sleep quality on academic performance inmultidisciplinary distance education courses at a southeastern U.S. state college. Theresearch addressed the relationship of other individual student characteristics (i.e., age,gender, race/ethnicity, educational background, or course workload) and external factors(i.e., marital status, hours of employment, part-time or full-time status, or caretakerresponsibilities represented by the number of children and/or elderly that the student wasactively caring for in their home) to the students’ academic performance and to thestudents’ choice of time of day for class activity and sleep quality. This study analyzeddistance education students’ Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) Global Sleep Quality Scores, their demographic and external factor survey responses, a test grade, and the time of day that the student submitted their test. This study targeted the distance education student population, as they are part of a rapidly growing sector within higher education, and they had previously not served as the primary subjects in research regarding sleep quality and external factor impacts on academic success. Analyses of 208 distance education students resulted in the following research findings: sleep quality was found to be related to academic success, with significant findings of, for example, poorer sleep quality correlating with a lower test grade (r = -0.15; p = .03), likewise the number of hours spent working was related to academic success, with a significant finding of more hours spent working correlating with a lower grade (r = 0.377; p = .008). In this study most other factors were found to have no significant relationship with a students’ grades (age, gender, race/ethnicity, educational background, or course workload, marital status, or caretaker responsibilities). These research findings may enlighten students of the potential impacts of taking distance education classes if they anticipate having to work extensively or if they have, or expect to have, poor sleep quality. Additionally, educational institutions and faculty can learn ways to design better distance education courses and provide improved guidance for students to encourage academic success.

Identifier: FA00004138 (IID)

Note(s): Includes bibliography.Dissertation (Ph.D.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2014.

Subject(s): Academic achievementDistance educationPerformanceSleep -- Physiological aspects

Held by: Florida Atlantic University Digital Library

Sublocation: Boca Raton, Fla.

Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fau/fd/FA00004138

Restrictions on Access: All rights reserved by the source institution

Owner Institution: FAU



Autor: Miles, Jessica A., author Bryan, Valerie Dr., Thesis advisor College of Education, Degree grantor

Fuente: http://fau.digital.flvc.org/islandora/object/fau%3A13477



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