From major decision to successfully graduating - A motivational perspective on the process of study success

Messerer, Laura Aglaia Sophia

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URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-651479
Document Type: Doctoral dissertation
Year of publication: 2023
Place of publication: Mannheim
University: Universität Mannheim
Evaluator: Dickhäuser, Oliver
Date of oral examination: 22 June 2023
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Social Sciences > Pädagogische Psychologie (Dickhäuser 2008-)
Subject: 150 Psychology
Keywords (English): motivation , study success
Abstract: This dissertation is dedicated to the topic of university major choice, the process of dropping out of university and of studying successfully at university. Study success and the prevention of dropping out from the studies is important from the individuals perspective (preventing the risk of lower mental health and unemployment) and also from the societies perspective (need of skilled workers and prevention of misinvestments). Four longitudinal studies investigate how university entry criteria and study success outcomes are related and how they are associated with study success and dropout from higher education. Previous models mention several variables as predictors or outcomes of study success. However, a shortcoming is that a detailed explanation of the psychological processes, data regarding objective outcomes and the longitudinal perspective taking different phases during the study process into account are missing. The overarching goal of this dissertation is therefore to develop a process model of study success and dropout by identifying prerequisites of study success and investigate which variables (most strongly) influence study success at which point of time during the studies and the underlying psychological mechanisms.

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