Procrastination: Is the Why Central to Effective Intervention?

CACUSS 2004 Presentation - June 14, 2004
Sharon L. Cairns

While estimates vary, research suggests that procrastination is on the rise in our students with approximately 95% of students procrastinating at times, 75% labeling themselves as procrastinators, and between 20 and 30% procrastinating at problematic levels. Ferrari, Johnson, & McCown (1995) have identified three major reasons why students procrastinate: lack of self and time management skills, anxiety, and situation specific (such as thesis) procrastination. Regardless of the reason, procrastination can have a profound impact on student grades and ability to complete their programs in a timely manner. Despite the common impact, effective intervention may require addressing the specific cause. Following a brief review of the literature, participants will discuss/share in small groups how this model fits with their work with students who procrastinate and interventions they have found effective. Final reporting back to the large group will enable participants to benefit from all of their colleagues experience and wisdom.

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