Using Motivation Letters to Understand Students' Higher Educational Choices

Using Motivation Letters to Understand Students' Higher Educational Choices

Axe Discriminations et Politiques Catégorielles
Séminaire en anglais le 13 janvier - 13:00-14:00 (visioconférence)
  • Actualité Sciences PoActualité Sciences Po

Wednesday January 13th 2021 
13:00-14:00 (webinar) 

Mandatory registration 

  • SpeakerAnne Boring (Erasmus University Rotterdam, PRESAGE, LIEPP)

Abstract

In this research, we analyze information from motivation letters that students provide in their admissions packages to a selective French university specialized in social sciences. We use the information these letters contain to understand how students’ motivations evolve over the course of their studies, up to their choices of master’s degree specialization. We analyze how students’ motivations for different study paths evolve throughout their undergraduate studies, when they are exposed to new courses and when they receive ability signals through grades in different fields.

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