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Graveled Expectations or Successful Reorientations?: Switchers and Dropouts in Higher Education in Sweden 1977-2007
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education. (SEC/Praxeologi)
2011 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The aim of the project is to study patterns in higher education with special attention to students who dropout or switch to another program/discipline. Different types and frequencies of dropouts and switches during 1977-2007 are studied using data from retrievals from national official register data (microdata, individual level of statistics). Special attention is towards the programs in Architecture, Engineering, Nursing, Physical therapist, Teaching, Social service, Medicine and Clinical Psychology and the dropouts students’ occupation/working life are also studied. A follow-up questionnaire complements the register data, whereas dropout-students reasons to dropout/switching educational program or discipline are scrutinized. The theoretical framework is mainly Pierre Bourdieu’s work on social reproduction and geometric data analysis is used as a main method, and in addition other regression analysis methods. Factors as socioeconomic, residential, gender and ethnicity, living conditions, grades, family educational traditions will be related to the types of dropouts/switches and different programs. The study is highly relevant for education policy agents and the research field in sociology of education, due to its focus on the types of functions and (non-)benefits of higher education for students. It is a systematic study of dropout patterns in higher education that has not been researched systematically earlier, especially not with a quite unique focus; self-reported data from dropout students connected to register data, thus fulfilling an important need.

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Keyword [en]
dropouts, transfer, higher education, university
National Category
Social Sciences Educational Sciences
Research subject
Sociology of Education
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-145509OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-145509DiVA: diva2:396295
9th Annual Conference Hawaii International Conference on Education, January 4-7, 2011, Honolulu
Grusade förhoppningar eller lyckade nyorienteringar? Högskolestudenters ändrade studieplaner och avhopp inom högre utbildning 1977-2007
Swedish Research Council, 2009-6065
Available from: 2011-02-09 Created: 2011-02-09 Last updated: 2011-12-19Bibliographically approved

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