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Report
The Relationship between
Personal Growth
Initiative & GPA results of
university students in
Hong Kong.
09P023 Chan Mei Ling
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Conceptual definition:
PGI is the involvement of an individual on
improving, growing and developing as a
person (Robitschek, 1998).
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Operational definition:
The level of personal growth
initiative is measured by the
PGI Scale (PGIS).
Personal Growth Initiative
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Conceptual definition:
GPA is a university’s scoring system to
indicate students’ levels of comprehension of
disciplines within an academic term.
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Operational definition:
Grade Point Average
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GPA score is a kind of achievement,
 if PGI is related to GPA results,
 educators can help to improve university
students’ GPI, as

Higher PGI
Better GPA
results
Better
Achieveme
nt
Research Purpose
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Hypothesis
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Population:
All university students in HK
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Sample size:
At least 40 students in SYU
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Instrument:
A questionnaire with PGI Scale
Research Method: Survey
09P023 Meiling
Questionnaire: Personal Growth Initiative and GPA results
Using the scale below, circle the number which best describes the extent to which you agree or
disagree with each statement.
1 = Definitely disagree
2 = Mostly disagree
3 = Somewhat disagree
4 = Somewhat agree
5 = Mostly agree
6 = Definitely agree
Disagree
Q1
I know how to change specific things that I want to
Agree
1
2
3
4
5
6
change in my life.
Q2
I have a good sense of where I am headed in my life.
1
2
3
4
5
6
Q3
If I want to change something in my life, I initiate the
1
2
3
4
5
6
transition process.
Q4
I can choose the role that I want to have in a group.
1
2
3
4
5
6
Q5
I know what I need to do to get started toward
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
6
reaching my goals.
Q6
I have a specific action plan to help me reach my
goals.
Q7
I take charge of my life.
1
2
3
4
5
6
Q8
I know what my unique contribution to the world
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
6
might be.
Q9
I have a plan for making my life more balanced.
Q10.
Gender: Male / Female
The Questionnaire
Q11.
Your latest GPA result is __________.
1.
Distribute Questionnaires to students
individually with the consent form.
2.
Each questionnaire only takes about 5
minutes to finish.
3.
Collect data from questionnaires.
4.
Analysis the collected data.
Procedure

The GPA results collected from the
questionnaire will be compared with the
total PGI score.

Pearson correlation will be used to
calculate whether there is a relationship
between PGIS and GPA results.
Data analysis
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Literature Review
Material Designs
Research Sampling
Data Collection
Data Analysis
Writing Report
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References
University of Pennsylvania (2007). Positive Psychology
Questionnaires. Retrieved March 18, 2010 from, Positive
Psychology Center:
http://www.ppc.sas.upenn.edu/​ppquestionnaires.htm
Robitschek, C. (1998). Personal growth initiative: The construct and
its measure. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and
Development, 30(4), 183-198. Retrieved from PsycINFO database.

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