Antecedent Model of Punctual Behavior of Undergraduate Students

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Duangduen Bhanthumnavin


Punctuality has become one of the most important values in modern society. However, students seem to become tardier in learning and often procrastinate. This study aims at investigating antecedent factors of punctual behavior of undergraduate students using SEM approach for creating evident-based model, and for comparing two models. Results from path analysis using 1,311 students indicated that psychological state latent variable yielded the strongest path coefficient, followed by psychological trait latent variable, and situational latent variable which supported interactionism paradigm. The second model with additional path from psychological trait to situational condition was found to be more robust, with predictive power of 78.40 %. Evidently, the psychological trait construct which consisted of three personal characteristics, i.e., moral (dis)engagement, self - regulated learning and core self-evaluation, showed both direct and indirect paths towards punctual behavior of the students.  Strong recommendations for more studies in this area and training modules for students’ development programs to enhance successful learning and future career are offered.

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