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Ulriksen, Lars; Madsen, Lene Møller; Holmegaard, Henriette Tolstrup – European Educational Research Journal, 2017
To understand student drop-out from university, research must explore students' first-year experiences and the challenges they encounter. This article analyses the first-year experiences of non-traditional students in Danish science and engineering university programmes. Focusing on identity theory and the framework of integration processes…
Descriptors: Nontraditional Students, Engineering Education, Student Attitudes, College Freshmen
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Holmegaard, Henriette Tolstrup; Madsen, Lene Møller; Ulriksen, Lars – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
In the literature, there is a general concern that a less number of students choose to study science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). This paper presents results from a Danish longitudinal study which examines students' choice of whether or not to continue studying STEM after upper-secondary school. In particular, this study focuses…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, STEM Education, Course Selection (Students), Higher Education
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Holmegaard, Henriette Tolstrup; Madsen, Lene Møller; Ulriksen, Lars – European Journal of Engineering Education, 2016
This paper presents results from a qualitative longitudinal study of students' transition into higher education engineering. The study aims at comparing upper-secondary school students' expectations of engineering with their actual experiences when encountering the engineering programme. It explores how this encounter provides a platform for…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Student Attitudes, Qualitative Research, Longitudinal Studies
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Ulriksen, Lars; Holmegaard, Henriette Tolstrup; Moller, Lene – European Educational Research Journal, 2013
This article shows how the application of narrative methodology brings new insights into understanding students' choices and their experiences upon entering a higher education programme. The point of departure is a study of a cohort of 38 students followed over a three-year period from when they were about to finish upper-secondary school in…
Descriptors: Coping, College Students, Majors (Students), Educational Experience