ERIC Number: ED172707
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Higher Education in the Development of the Individual. R & D for Higher Education.
A longitudinal study conducted since 1965 in Sweden has investigated the role of higher education in the life situation of the individual adult. Study objectives have been to: chart the actual educational and vocational decisions made by young people; study the expectations of the individual concerning education and working life; identify psychological, social, and economic factors influencing higher education study and life choices; analyze the changes undergone by individuals as a result of higher education (attitudes and values); relate the individual's perception of higher education study to various aspects of his life history; and develop a theoretical base comprising models and methods useful in integrating various approaches. A psychological cost-benefit analytical model was developed to describe the decisionmaking process at the individual level and to predict choices of postsecondary activity. Literature reviews were conducted in the fields of psychology, pedagogics, sociology, and economics. Results of followup studies of pupils who left elementary school with no intention of adding to their education and additional studies of upper-secondary-school student experiences and perceptions are summarized. In 1980 the members of the study will be about 25 years old and will have completed their initial education and become established in the labor market. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, College Role, Decision Making, Education Work Relationship, Followup Studies, Foreign Countries, Graduate Surveys, Higher Education, Individual Development, Longitudinal Studies, Models, Occupational Aspiration, Research Reports, Student College Relationship, Student Needs, Vocational Followup
National Board of Universities and Colleges, Research and Development Unit, P.O. Box 45501, S-104 30 Stockholm, Sweden
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Swedish Board of Universities and Colleges, Stockholm. Research and Development Unit.
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