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A Correlational Study of the Relationship Between Learner Autonomy and Academic Performance Open Access

AbstractThe study examined the relationship between Learner Autonomy as measured by the Learner Autonomy Profile Short Form (LAP-SF) and Academic Performance as measured by GPA. The research question that was investigated was: What is the correlation between Learner Autonomy and academic performance in adult learners, as measured by the constructs and components of the Learner Autonomy Profile (LAP)? The correlation was measured for 125 participants from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and analysis of the results found that there is a positive, significant relationship between the LAP-SF and GPA for the total score, all four LAP-SF constructs and nine of the 22 components. Of these elements, the Planning component had the strongest correlation coefficient at .275 and was closely followed by the Self-Regulation component with a coefficient of .270. The findings point to the possibility that the LAP-SF may be useful as a proxy for GPA in some cases, and as a diagnostic tool for improving academic performance.

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