The Correlation between Students’ Academic Achievement and Ethical and Moral Activities Involvement in a Christian Institution

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Nakhon Kitjaroonchai


This study investigates the correlation between students’ academic achievement and their involvement in ethical and moral activities. The sample of the study was 472 students from Asia-Pacific International University, Thailand, who were enrolled in different programs in the second semester of the academic year 2013-2014. Data were obtained from the internal software created by the IT department at Asia-Pacific International University called System for Administration, Reports, Requests and Academics. Data were analyzed using One-way ANOVA to examine significant difference between students’ academic achievement and their participation in ethical and moral activities. Pearson Product Moment Correlation Coefficient (Pearson’s r) was used to analyze the correlation between students’ academic achievement and their ethical and moral activities involvement. The study revealed that there was a statistically significant difference between students academic achievement and their involvement in ethical and moral activities at a = 0.05. The findings of the study also revealed that there was also a statistically positive correlation between students’ academic achievement and their involvement in ethical and moral activities (r-value = 0.447, p-value = 0.000 at a = 0.01).


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