Interaction between time organization and participation dimensions among higher education students

Merav Porath, Sara Rosenblum

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Introduction: In today's academic world, higher education students from all study areas are expected to simultaneously cope with a variety of assignments, which increases stress levels. This tension may affect productivity, health and quality of life. Hence, it is important for students to adopt effective time organization and management techniques. This study aims to characterize time organization and participation dimensions, and the relationships between those dimensions among undergraduate students. Method: The research sample consisted of 60 undergraduate students who completed several questionnaires: demographic, time organization and participation scales assessing daily time organization; an occupational questionnaire; and additional questions for assessing further daily participation dimensions that are unique to students. Results: Time-organization ability related to and maintained a predictive relationship with individual daily participation aspects. Particularly, academic and daily routine constituted a majority (44%) of the students' time. Regression analysis indicated that the way the students' daily activities were organized in terms of time use explained between 12% and 18% of the variance of daily participation dimensions as performance, enjoyment and motivation levels. Conclusion: Time-organization abilities significantly affected students' participation dimensions. Further research is recommended to help develop an assessment and intervention programme suiting student needs and enhancing their productivity potential and wellbeing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)306-315
Number of pages10
JournalBritish Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 May 2019

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  • Time organization
  • area of occupation
  • higher education student
  • occupational therapy
  • participation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy


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