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Factors Affecting Dropouts Students in Arab Open University- Bahrain Branch

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Author Sarmad Mohammad, Ahmed Azzam El Masri
On Pages 435-442
Volume No. 2
Issue No. 7
Issue Date July, 2012
Publishing Date July, 2012
Keywords E-Learning, Open Learning, Arab Open University, Studentís performance, learning preferences


The purpose of this study is to investigate the factors that affecting the student dropouts in Arab Open University AOU- Bahrain branch. To achieve this objective, all AOU current students during the academic year 2007-2012 were examined including dropouts students. The current students were 1897 students, consisting of 809 female and 1088 male students, so the main objective of this research work is to conduct a survey using online questionnaire broken down by following students indices to evaluate the student dropouts, the Grade Point Average (GPA) of the student, score and kind of the high school certificate, nationality, lack of students knowledge in English language & mathematics, in addition the results revealed that younger students dropouts is higher than mature students and non-national students dropouts is lower than national student. The results further revealed that significant gender differences exists, female students dropouts is lower than male counterparts in line with a significant number of samples have been studied. More importantly, the results of the analysis indicated that marital status plays a significant role in determining the student's dropouts by confirming that married students dropouts lower than non-married counterparts & finally the employability (Working student or not) drop out between working students is higher than non working counterparts, finally we suggest some measures to prevent students dropouts.

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