SOCIAL SUPPORT, WORK MOTIVATION AND ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF SELECTED WORKING STUDENTS IN PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS IN
GENERAL TRIAS, CAVITE
ABBYGAIL E. LOMAT
CHARMAGNE A. LOYOLA
CHONA MARIE G. VISAYA
An undergraduate thesis proposal submitted to the faculty of the Department of Social Sciences and Humanities, College of Arts and Sciences, Cavite State University, Indang Cavite in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Psychology with contribution no. _________. Prepared under the supervision of Ms. Vivian D. Rogando.
“High school wasn’t a trial by fire or some ordeal that had to be survived. It was all a big joke. You just had to provide the laugh track.” Scott Westerfeld, 2000. They say that High School life is the most enjoyable part of being a student. However, some of the public high schools had so many students who is studying and working at the same time. What motivates students to work while studying? Can a working student balance their work and studies? Can people around working students give social support? Those questions prompted the researchers to come up with this study. Working while enrolled is perhaps the single most common major activity among Philippines’s diverse undergraduate population (Castro, 2012) Here in our country many students studied in public high schools because of financial problem and sometimes they need to work for them to continue their studies and help their parents financially. Have you ever wondered how these high school students make it to work and studying at the same time? Everyone has an idea on what high school students do in school. But do we have an idea every time they go in their workplace? What motivates the student to work while studying? Or is there a support coming from their parents, peers, etc.? High school working students might be functional or may experience malfunction with regards to their performance in school. Student jobs like crew in a fast food chain, vendor and other part-time jobs have become a sort of trend among students around the world, who want to work while they are studying. In short, the term that suits this trend is 'Earn and Learn' policy. Other reason why student jobs are popular among students is they help to cope up with the constant increase in tuition fees, and a way to afford further educations (Monahan, 2011) Many teens work part-time during the school year; but more than ever, in the current economic climate more youths have to take jobs to help out with family finances. Among high school students, working more than 20 hours a week during the school year can lead to academic and behaviour problems (Monahan, 2011) But then, working during high school can be a character-building experience for students because it teaches them about responsibility, commitment, initiative, independence and accountability. Social support is one of the needs that working students require. The feeling of working students if they are being cared and assisted by people around is an example of social support. Work motivation is a key for the working students to continue part time jobs while studying. It affects student’s energy to do a certain job and a benefit for the working student’s situation or financial assistance. Because of work motivation, working students can easily adapt with other environment and can interact easily in their workplace. The most important is the academic performance of the student, the outcome of education and how the participants deal and cope with their studies while working and studying at the same time. Is the academic performance of the participants affected by their part time job or can they still excel in their lessons and still have good and high grades. Dundes and Marx (2006) reported that 74 percent of studentworkers believed that employment forced them to become more efficient. However, 64 percent reported that...
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