Quotation Fuhrmann, Bettina. 2013. Why Business Students Suceed in their First Year of Higher Education Studies. INTED 2013 Conference, Valencia, Spanien, 04.03.-06.03.. Invited Talk




One out of two students at Vienna University of Economics and Business drop out during their first year of studies. In order to explore the reasons for this considerable drop out rate, the students' interests, motivational orientations, learning strategies and grades were examined at the beginning of their studies as well as at the end of their first year. The longitudinal research design allowed the analysis of the development of interests, motivation and learning strategies as well as of a regression model for the explanation of student learning achievement in the first year of studies. The findings show that during their school days very few students have applied learning strategies that are considered indispensable for studying successfully, and they apply them even less in their first year of studies. The students' A -level grades turn out to be the strongest predictor of student achievement, followed by the students' ability to cope with their fear of failing at exams, their self-efficacy and their motivational orientiation to suceed in their studies and to improve their competences. The paper is concluded by a discussion of the results and their implications for designing the introductory phase at the university and supporting students in their first year.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Why Business Students Suceed in their First Year of Higher Education Studies
Event INTED 2013 Conference
Year 2013
Date 04.03.-06.03.
Country Spain
Location Valencia
Invited Talk Y


Fuhrmann, Bettina (Details)
Institute for Business Education IN (Details)
Competence Center for Empirical Research Methods WE (Details)
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