What if we make the wrong choice? - The two-tier study structure and students' rationales for educational decision-making

Kirsten Jæger*

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    Abstract

    As a corollary of the Bologna process, the two-tiered study structure introduced increased freedom of choice for enrolled and prospective university students. This article investigates how Danish university students, within the two-tier system, perform the choices determining their educational and professional futures and focuses on rationales for educational decision-making. The data sample was generated through a series of focus group interviews with undergraduate students. Tw o predominant rationales were found: "the optimisation of opportunities" and the "quest for closure, security, and employ-ability rationales. Paradoxically, the two rationales do not exclude each other but co-exist in student contributions to the group talks.

    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    TidsskriftNordic Studies in Education
    Vol/bind33
    Udgave nummer3
    Sider (fra-til)216-232
    Antal sider17
    ISSN1891-5914
    StatusUdgivet - 2 dec. 2013

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