MacCann , C., Fogarty, G.J., Roberts, R.D., (2012) . Strategies for success in education: Time management is more important for part-time than full-time community college students. Learning and Individual Differences. 22, 618–623.
The article assesses the relationship between time management, big five personality factors and grade point average. The assessment is done on 556 students from community colleges. The study uses a path model to control for vocabulary, demographic covariates and gender. The path model showed that time management mediates between the relationships between students’ achievements at eh community colleges and conscientiousness. The use of separate modeling for full-time and part-time students revealed that the moderation referred to was moderated by the enrollment status of the students. From this finding, it was inferred that time management served as an important mediator for students on part-tie enrollment and not for students on full-time enrollment. More importantly, the study found that there was greater significance for time management for part-time enrolled students when compared to full-time enrolled students. From this finding, it was concluded that non-cognitive constructs like time management are more important for non-traditional students.
Relevancy to study question
More and more students are getting enrolled on a part-time basis in tertiary institutions and post-secondary education worldwide. The findings presented in the article illuminate the time constraints such students undergo and the need for time management. The findings also provide a rationale and premise for policy formulators to consider when developing curriculums for such students. More importantly, students enrolled on part-time and full-time basis learn in the same institutions. The findings are important in understanding the measures put by institutions to even the playing field for part-time students.
Evaluation of the source
The article was published a year ago and therefore presents recent findings. As such, the results can be relied upon in advancing the premise of my research question. The study also used scientific methods, hence increasing the validity and reliability of the findings. In addition, the authors have collaborated their findings with others from different scholars thereby giving the source mandate. The authors of the article are distinguished academicians in various reputed universities. The article is also peer reviewed .