What is it about?

It is crucial to evaluate student academic motivation and self-directed learning (SDL) readiness while teaching online or flexibly. During the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, there were few investigations on the link between academic motivation and SDL readiness. We recruited 1187 nursing students from 4 nursing colleges in the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, and Thailand.

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Why is it important?

Nursing students reported extrinsic motivation is the most important aspect of academic success. Most nursing students exhibited SDL readiness, whereas “desire for learning” was rated the highest dimension of SDL readiness. We found significant differences in nursing students' intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and amotivation between the three countries. Finally, country, gender, and intrinsic motivation were significant predictors of the nursing students' SDL readiness.


The results of our study shed light on the current state of nursing students' academic motivation and SDL. Based on these findings, educators, administrators, and university management should evaluate the learning needs of students while in the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, given the abrupt transition in teaching and learning modes, academic requirements should be assessed in light of students' ability to study concerning sufficient resources in the wake of the pandemic. Finally, our findings may help establish helpful in-campus or online student programs such as student collaborative core groups or online student group chats that will promote motivation and SDL among nursing students. Thus, holistically preparing them for actual clinical placement in various nursing clinical settings.

Dr. Daniel Joseph E. Berdida
University of Santo Tomas

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This page is a summary of: Academic motivation and self‐directed learning readiness of nursing students during the COVID‐19 pandemic in three countries: A cross‐sectional study, Nursing Forum, January 2022, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/nuf.12698.
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