Students’ Motivation in Studying Psychology

Sitti Chotidjah


This study was conducted on third semester students enrolled in the Department of Psychology, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI). The research subjects were 85 people. The purpose of this exploratory study was to figure out the subjects’ reasons for enrolling in the Department of Psychology. To achieve this purpose, a qualitative approach was employed. The data were collected through an open-ended questionnaire consisting two questions. The result revealed that 65.9 % of students expressed that psychology was their first choice, and 27.5% and 7.5% said that it was their second and third choice respectively. They decided to be majored in psychology based on their personal free-will. Data of students who chose psychology as their first choice were analyzed following a grounded theory framework using open coding, axial coding, and selective coding method (Strauss and Corbin, 1990). It was revealed that there were five categories of students’ reasons for choosing psychology: (1) personal interest, (2) desire to understand human behavior, (3) future career opportunities, (4) the significance of psychology in everyday life (5) others.


Paper Citation

in Harvard Style

Chotidjah S. (2017). Students’ Motivation in Studying Psychology.In 1st International Conference on Educational Sciences - Volume 2: ICES, ISBN 978-989-758-314-8, pages 314-317. DOI: 10.5220/0007049808630866

in Bibtex Style

author={Sitti Chotidjah},
title={Students’ Motivation in Studying Psychology},
booktitle={1st International Conference on Educational Sciences - Volume 2: ICES,},

in EndNote Style


JO - 1st International Conference on Educational Sciences - Volume 2: ICES,
TI - Students’ Motivation in Studying Psychology
SN - 978-989-758-314-8
AU - Chotidjah S.
PY - 2017
SP - 314
EP - 317
DO - 10.5220/0007049808630866