Educational Research and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Educ. Res. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1990-3839
  • DOI: 10.5897/ERR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2008

Full Length Research Paper

Understanding the academic procrastination attitude of language learners in Turkish universities

  • Nilufer BEKLEYEN
  • English Language Teaching Department, Dicle University, Faculty of Education, Diyarbakir, Turkey.
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  •  Received: 23 December 2016
  •  Accepted: 31 January 2017
  •  Published: 10 February 2017


The prevalence of academic procrastination has long been the subject of attention among researchers. However, there is still a paucity of studies examining language learners since most of the studies focus on similar participants such as psychology students. The present study was conducted among students trying to learn English in the first year of their university education. 144 male and 169 female students from four different Turkish universities participated in the study. The main purpose of the study was to investigate the relationship between the procrastination levels of language students and variables like gender, department, age, self-reported motivational levels, and satisfaction with majors. The findings of the study suggested that men reported significantly higher procrastination behavior. The participants who reported higher motivation procrastinated less while age was not found to be related to procrastination.

Key words: Academic procrastination, motivation, language learning, academic procrastination.