Date of Award


Publication Type

Doctoral Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Kobasigawa, A.


Education, Educational Psychology.




The present study examined relationships among personological variables, perceived course characteristics, and the study behaviours employed by students. In addition, the present study examined the psychometric properties of the Perceived Course Characteristics Questionnaire (PCCQ), an instrument designed for the present study. Subjects were sampled from 2nd and 3rd year university level psychology courses. From a total of 884 questionnaires distributed, 673 were returned. In addition to the PCCQ, subjects also completed a self-concept of academic ability questionnaire, an attributional orientation questionnaire, a motivational orientation questionnaire, and a course-specific study behaviour questionnaire. Results revealed that the reliability of all subscales of the PCCQ were adequate. A factor analysis of the PCCQ items generally supported the rationally derived scales. Hierarchical regression analyses revealed that perceived course characteristics accounted for a significant proportion of variance in both active strategy use and quantity of study time scores. Relationships among personological variables, perceived course characteristics, and study behaviours were also examined within a path analytic model. The results showed that while all variables included in the model are important determinants of study behaviour, the relationships vary depending upon the specific aspect of study behaviour. More specifically, motivational orientation and perceived demand for comprehended knowledge had a significant effect on active strategy use, whereas only attributions had a significant effect on log time scores. The findings were discussed in terms of their contribution to building a model of study behaviour.Dept. of Psychology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1993 .D83. Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 55-05, Section: A, page: 1223. Adviser: Akira Kobasigawa. Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1993.