Motivation to study in Higher Education: a comparison between Germany and Great Britain

Sandra Loeber, Helen E. Higson

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Abstract

This article deals with reasons for the motivation to study in higher education. To find out about motives, around 200 A-level students in Germany and Great Britain were asked about their plans for the time after completion of their A-levels. Through socio-demographic data the authors could deploy facts about social backgrounds and the affiliations to socio-economic classes. There are some expected findings (e.g., British A-level students are more likely to study than their German comrades) and some pretty unexpected results (e.g., social classes do not seem to divide students into choosing university or not).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)511-521
Number of pages11
JournalHigher Education in Europe
Volume34
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009

Bibliographical note

This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Loeber, Sandra and Higson, Helen E. (2009) Motivation to study in Higher Education: a comparison between Germany and Great Britain. Higher Education in Europe, 34 (3-4). pp. 511-521, Higher Education in Europe 2009 © Francis & Taylor, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03797720903392235

Keywords

  • motivation
  • higher education
  • Germany
  • Great Britain
  • A-levels
  • social backgrounds
  • socio-economic classes

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