Perspectives of academically successful male Malaysian students on their success

Rohaty Mohdmajzub, Zahara Aziz, Maisarah Muhammadrais

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    Boys' academic underachievement has long been discussed in the scholarly literature. Several important questions in this regard are: Why are there successful boys as well as unsuccessful boys? What are the characteristics and qualities of academically successful boys? What factors contribute to the success of these boys? This study investigates the perceptions of ten Malaysian boys who have been selected as academically successful by their teachers as compared to their schoolmates in secondary school. The main objective of the study was to examine the factors which contributed to the academic excellence of these successful boys. Ten boys in Form 5 participated in the study. Data were collected through in-depth interviews and analysed for emerging themes. The findings indicated that the participants attributed their academic success to five factors: 1) the use of school and teachers as positive resources;2) the advantageous personality characteristics of themselves as learners; 3) their positive attitudes toward literacy; 4) Their constructive coping strategies and the motivating factors present at school; and 5) support from parents, teachers and peers. The findings suggest several educational implications, including for teacher training and parent education.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)17-21
    Number of pages5
    JournalWorld Applied Sciences Journal
    Volume14
    Issue numberSPL ISS 2
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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    teacher
    parent education
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    secondary school
    coping
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    parents
    literacy
    present
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    Keywords

    • Academic achievement
    • Coping strategies
    • Gender differences
    • Successful boys
    • Underachievement

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    Mohdmajzub, R., Aziz, Z., & Muhammadrais, M. (2011). Perspectives of academically successful male Malaysian students on their success. World Applied Sciences Journal, 14(SPL ISS 2), 17-21.

    Perspectives of academically successful male Malaysian students on their success. / Mohdmajzub, Rohaty; Aziz, Zahara; Muhammadrais, Maisarah.

    In: World Applied Sciences Journal, Vol. 14, No. SPL ISS 2, 2011, p. 17-21.

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    Mohdmajzub, R, Aziz, Z & Muhammadrais, M 2011, 'Perspectives of academically successful male Malaysian students on their success', World Applied Sciences Journal, vol. 14, no. SPL ISS 2, pp. 17-21.
    Mohdmajzub, Rohaty ; Aziz, Zahara ; Muhammadrais, Maisarah. / Perspectives of academically successful male Malaysian students on their success. In: World Applied Sciences Journal. 2011 ; Vol. 14, No. SPL ISS 2. pp. 17-21.
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