Surveys of college dropouts have shown that besides performance issues, a lack of motivation to study is the chief cause leading to premature termination of academic studies. Within the scope of this project a motivational-psychological self-reflexion test should be developed in order to support prospective students in making an informed decision. The intended test should contain two stages:
1) Identification of interests: Prospective students take part in a test revealing information about their interests. Afterwards they receive a feedback on their fit to various study programs. This test is used to identify attractive study programs. (Project management: Dr. Stefan Janke)
2) Reality check: Prospective students have the opportunity to check their expectations and beliefs regarding attractive study programs against the reality. They receive a feedback on the fit of their judgement compared to an expert judgement. This test should enable prospective students to gain a realistic impression of the study programs’ requirements. (Project management: Prof. Dr. Karina Karst)
After completion, the self-reflexion test will be implemented at the University of Mannheim and the materials will be available to the state of Baden-Württemberg. In the long run, the project aims to effectively reduce college dropouts due to insufficient study motivation or false expectations.
Dr. Stefan Janke
Prof. Dr. Karina Karst
Department Quality management, University of Mannheim
Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst (Baden-Württemberg)
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