The crucial first year: a longitudinal study of students' motivational development at a Swiss Business School

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Author: Brahm, Taiga; Jenert, Tobias; Wagner, Dietrich


In Switzerland, every student graduating from grammar school can begin to study at a university. This leads to high dropout rates. Although students' motivation is considered a strong predictor of performance, the development of motivation during students' transition from high school to university has rarely been investigated. Additionally, little is known about the relation of motivational aspects with other influences on study performance. The present longitudinal study addresses this research gap and examines the development of economics and management students' study motivation. It...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Higher education; Students; Providers of education and training; Participation; Research

Keywords: Business school; Transition from secondary to further education and training; Dropout; Longitudinal study; Decision making

Geographic subjects: Switzerland; Europe

Published: Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer Science+Business Media, 2017

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Journal title: Higher education

Journal volume: 73

Journal number: 3

Journal date: March 2017

Pages: pp. 459-478

ISSN: 0018-1560, 1573-174X (online)

Special issue: Transition to higher education: an international perspective

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 128.57

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