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Success in studying and after studying. Research on higher education.

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Course ID: 3502-FAKL39-MGR-OG Erasmus code / ISCED: 14.2 / (0314) Sociology and cultural studies
Course title: Success in studying and after studying. Research on higher education. Name in Polish: "Sukces na studiach i po studiach. Studia wyższe jako przedmiot badań społecznych "
Department: Institute of Sociology
Course groups: General university courses
General university courses
General university courses in the social sciences
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Language: Polish
Type of course:

general courses

Prerequisites (description):

Students should have knowledge of methods in sociological research as well as be familiar with sociological theories. Completing "The methodological toolbox for sociologist" course or equivalent course is recommended.


Readiness to read short texts in English is required.


Mode:

(in Polish) w sali

Short description:

Who is admitted to universities? Can admission criteria predict success in studying? Who graduates? What is students’ perception of their studies? How do graduates fare on the labour market? These are questions asked by researchers all over the world. This course aims at acquainting students with the examples of research addressing the above questions. Students will have an opportunity to learn about methodological and theoretical approaches in research on students’ educational paths and careers.

Full description:

Who is admitted to universities? Can admission criteria predict success in studying? Who graduates? What is students’ perception of their studies? How do graduates fare on the labour market? These are questions asked by researchers all over the world. This course aims at acquainting students with the examples of research addressing the above questions. Students will learn about issues explored by higher education researchers. However, the main goal is to discuss theories, methodologies, research techniques as well as data sources in research on students’ educational paths and careers.

In class we will have discussions based on scholarly papers and research reports.

The seminar will cover the following topics:

Research on the admissions process, including research on educational choices and applicants’ preferences.

Analysis of the predictive validity of admissions criteria i.e. checking whether admissions criteria predict academic performance.

Student opinion surveys, incl. student experience surveys.

Research on educational paths, most of all on early student departure (dropout).

Broadly-defined graduate tracking, including research on labour market performance, e.g. Polish Graduate Tracking System.

Bibliography:

Hager, P., & Holland, S. (2007). Graduate Attributes, Learning and Employability. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/1-4020-5342-8

Atkinson, R. C., & Geiser, S. (2009). REFLECTIONS ON A CENTURY OF COLLEGE ADMISSIONS TESTS (Vol. CSHE.4.09). Center for Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley. Bożykowski, M., Izdebski, A., Jasiński, M., Konieczna-sałamatin, J., Styczeń, M., & Zając, T. (2014). Ścieżki edukacyjne i zawodowe absolwentów Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego. Edukacja, 3(128), 5–21.

Cabrera, A. F., Castafneda, M. B., Amaury, T., & Hengstler, N. D. (1992). The Convergence between Two Theories of College Persistence. The Journal of Higher Education, 63(2), 143–164.

Chen, R. (2012). Institutional Characteristics and College Student Dropout Risks: A Multilevel Event History Analysis. Research in Higher Education, 53(5), 487–505. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11162-011-9241-4

Chetty, R., Friedman, J. N., Saez, E., Turner, N., Treasury, U. S., & Yagan, D. (2017). Mobility Report Cards: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility (p. 94). The Equality of Oportunity Project.

Gaebel, M., Hauschildt, K., Mühleck, K., & Smidt, H. (2012). Tracking Learners’ and Graduates’ Progression Paths. TRACKIT. Brussels: European University Association.

Hornowska, E. (2010). Testy psychologiczne. Teoria i praktyka (4th ed.). Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Scholar.

Jasiński, M., Bożykowski, M., Chłoń-Domińczak, A., Zając, T., & Żołtak, M. (2017). Who gets a job after graduation? Factors affecting the early career employment chances of higher education graduates in Poland. Edukacja, 143(4). https://doi.org/10.24131/3724.170402

Kuh, G. D., Kinzie, J., Buckley, J. A., Bridges, B. K., & Hayek, J. C. (2006). What matters to student success: a review of the literature. Commissioned Report for the National Symposium on Postsecondary Student Success: Spearheading a Dialog on Student Success. Washington, D.C.: National Postsecondary Education Cooperative.

Kuncel, N. R., & Hezlett, S. a. (2007). Assessment. Standardized tests predict graduate students’ success. Science (New York, N.Y.), 315(5815), 1080–1081. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1136618

Pascarella, E. T., & Terenzini, P. T. (2005). How College Affects Students. Volume 2: A third Decade of Research. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Schomburg, H. (2003). Handbook for Graduate Tracer Studies (Ver. 2). Kassel: Centre for Research on Higher Education and Work, University of Kassel.

Schomburg, H. (Ed.). (2011). Employability and Mobility of Bachelor Graduates in Europe. Key Results of the Bologna Process. Rotterdam/Boston/Taipei: Sense Publishers.

Shah, M., Bennett, A., & Southgate, E. (Eds.). (2016). Widening Higher Education Participation. Amsterdam: Elsevier Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-08-100213-1.00009-3

Tinto, V. (1975). Dropout from Higher Education: A Theoretical Synthesis of Recent Research. Review of Educational Research, 45(1), 89–125.

Tinto, V. (1993). Leaving College. Rethinking the Causes and Cures of Student Attrition. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press.

Zając, T. (2016). Wartość prognostyczna wyników rekrutacyjnych dla powodzenia w studiowaniu. Edukacja, 1(136), 114–128.

Learning outcomes:

K_W04 Has in-depth knowledge about social structures and selected social institutions as well as their interrelations

K_W06 Is reflective and critical of the problem of social differentiation and inequalities

K_W16 Has in-depth knowledge about major international and domestic sociological research pertaining to selected areas of social reality or sub-domains of sociology

K_W18 Has in-depth knowledge of selected institutions and organizations responsible for the transfer of norms and rules in society, such as the educational system, law, morality, religion, etc

K_U02 Can differentiate between a sociological interpretation and an interpretation done from the perspective of a related social science, like psychology or economics.

K_U04 Can critically select information and materials for academic work, using various sources in Polish and a foreign language as well as modern technologies

K_U17 Can relate an academic text to the problems of social life and its empirical studies

K_U18 Can identify the kinds of research in which the scientific texts read can be applicable

K_U19 Can prepare a presentation of a selected problem or study in Polish and in a foreign language

K_K01 Can initiate, plan, organize and manage work of a task team

K_K07 Can justify the choice of sources

Assessment methods and assessment criteria:

Participation in discussion, group essay

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