ERIC Number: EJ1154267
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
A Matching Activity When Entering Higher Education: Ongoing Guidance for the Students or Efficiency Instrument for the School?
Mittendorff, Kariene; Faber, Marike; Staman, Laura
British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, v45 n4 p376-390 2017
In order to lower dropout rates and stimulate student success in higher education, the Dutch government implemented a new law demanding that every higher education institute offer a matching activity to applying students. This article evaluates how students and teachers experience this matching activity. Data were collected in a Dutch university of applied sciences through questionnaire (students: n = 1711, teachers: n = 52) and interview research (students: n = 136, teachers, n = 36). Results provide insights into useful and improvable aspects of the matching procedure. It also reveals a tension related to a 'conflicting perspective': the matching activity can be used as a selection-oriented instrument or as a guidance instrument, which leads to different perceptions on the effectiveness of the instrument.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Questionnaires, Interviews, College Students, College Faculty, Attitude Measures, Academic Persistence, Dropout Prevention, Decision Making, Majors (Students), Career Choice, Career Guidance, Qualitative Research, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands