Students Considering Dropping Out: Comparing New and Experienced Students

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  •   Georgios Stamelos

  •   Anthi Adamopoulou

Abstract

Student dropout is a global phenomenon. For many reasons (individual, social, political, economic), it is considered a serious problem. The specialized bibliography usually deals either with all students or it focuses specifically on new students. However, there is not much comparative research on how to structure the thought of dropping out of university between new and experienced students. This is the aim of this text. Based on 1,029 students’ questionnaires, the quantitative study has shown that the way this thought is constructed is differentiated between new and experienced students. In other words, it is made up of a combination of different factors. For new students, the effect of the social representation ‘university’ and the motivation on the basis of this representation play a central role. On the contrary, when it comes to experienced students, the difficulties of university studies and especially the formulated perception of global student life seem to play the key role.


Keywords: Dropout, new students, experienced students, motivation, social representation

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Stamelos, G., & Adamopoulou, A. (2022). Students Considering Dropping Out: Comparing New and Experienced Students. European Journal of Education and Pedagogy, 3(3), 219–226. https://doi.org/10.24018/ejedu.2022.3.3.237