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    Effects of Procrastination and Intrinsic Motivation on Academic Performance and Life Satisfaction in Upper Division Courses

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    Traditional procrastination has been defined as an intentional delay in starting an act, which often leads to a negative outcome. Procrastination has been shown to be related to poor academic performance. However, some have argued that one type of procrastination – active procrastination (AP) – can sometimes provide benefits, as individuals intentionally use time pressure to increase motivation. Active procrastination predict better academic performance, whereas passive procrastination (PP) – avoiding the task and trying to act as if there were no task looming – predict poorer academic performance. The hypothesis for the current study were that higher AP would be associated with higher performance than lower AP or higher PP. 100 undergraduate students in online psychology classes were offered extra credit and completed at least part of the survey. AP and PP were assessed with scales, and academic performance was determined by grades on a term paper. The surveys were presented via Survey Monkey; instructor entered grade information, then deleted the identifying information before researcher received the data file. Pearson’s correlations were performed among both scales and the academic performance measure. AP was positively correlated with grades, whereas PP was negatively correlated. These results will be interpreted through the findings of previous studies

    The James Webb Space Telescope Mission

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    Twenty-six years ago a small committee report, building on earlier studies, expounded a compelling and poetic vision for the future of astronomy, calling for an infrared-optimized space telescope with an aperture of at least 4m4m. With the support of their governments in the US, Europe, and Canada, 20,000 people realized that vision as the 6.5m6.5m James Webb Space Telescope. A generation of astronomers will celebrate their accomplishments for the life of the mission, potentially as long as 20 years, and beyond. This report and the scientific discoveries that follow are extended thank-you notes to the 20,000 team members. The telescope is working perfectly, with much better image quality than expected. In this and accompanying papers, we give a brief history, describe the observatory, outline its objectives and current observing program, and discuss the inventions and people who made it possible. We cite detailed reports on the design and the measured performance on orbit.Comment: Accepted by PASP for the special issue on The James Webb Space Telescope Overview, 29 pages, 4 figure

    Effects of Procrastination and Intrinsic Motivation on Academic Performance and Life Satisfaction in Upper Division Courses

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    Traditional procrastination has been defined as an intentional delay in starting an act, which often leads to a negative outcome. Procrastination has been shown to be related to poor academic performance. However, some have argued that one type of procrastination – active procrastination (AP) – can sometimes provide benefits, as individuals intentionally use time pressure to increase motivation. Active procrastination predict better academic performance, whereas passive procrastination (PP) – avoiding the task and trying to act as if there were no task looming – predict poorer academic performance. The hypothesis for the current study were that higher AP would be associated with higher performance than lower AP or higher PP. 100 undergraduate students in online psychology classes were offered extra credit and completed at least part of the survey. AP and PP were assessed with scales, and academic performance was determined by grades on a term paper. The surveys were presented via Survey Monkey; instructor entered grade information, then deleted the identifying information before researcher received the data file. Pearson’s correlations were performed among both scales and the academic performance measure. AP was positively correlated with grades, whereas PP was negatively correlated. These results will be interpreted through the findings of previous studies

    The James Webb Space Telescope Mission

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    Twenty-six years ago a small committee report, building on earlier studies, expounded a compelling and poetic vision for the future of astronomy, calling for an infrared-optimized space telescope with an aperture of at least 4 m. With the support of their governments in the US, Europe, and Canada, 20,000 people realized that vision as the 6.5 m James Webb Space Telescope. A generation of astronomers will celebrate their accomplishments for the life of the mission, potentially as long as 20 yr, and beyond. This report and the scientific discoveries that follow are extended thank-you notes to the 20,000 team members. The telescope is working perfectly, with much better image quality than expected. In this and accompanying papers, we give a brief history, describe the observatory, outline its objectives and current observing program, and discuss the inventions and people who made it possible. We cite detailed reports on the design and the measured performance on orbit
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