Motives for entering, dropping-out or continuing studies in higher education.
2011 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
The paper is based on results from a European research project with the aim to identify the factors promoting or constraining the access, retention and non-completion of non-traditional students in higher education. The aim of our contribution is to describe and discuss the role of HE in Sweden from a perspective of non-traditional students. More specifically we are focusing on what motives non-traditional students have for entering, continuing or dropping out of higher education. The study is based on biographical interviews.
The results show that students seem to have a high or a low committment to HE wich is related to strong vs weak motives to start studying that affect their studies. The strong motives to start studying relates to either getting a profession, becoming further educated, an academic or an active citizen or changing life course seem to keep on going in their studies whereas the students with low committment to HE and weak motives for starting more often drop-out. Even if the swedish HE still have committed students wanting to become academics, active citizens, HE is also more often seen as a means for getting employment than it used to and also as place to have something to do with drop-out as a consequense.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
motives, non-traditional students, higher education
Research subject Education
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-70187OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-70187DiVA: diva2:479899
the RANLHE-conference, Seville, 7-8 April, 2011
ProjectsAccess and Retention: Experiences of non-traditional students in higher education (RANLHE)
Ingår i ett forskningsprojekt finansierat av EU's lifelong learning program2012-04-162012-01-182012-04-16Bibliographically approved