Using Motivation Letters to Understand Students' Higher Educational Choices
- Actualité Sciences Po
Wednesday January 13th 2021
- Speaker: Anne Boring (Erasmus University Rotterdam, PRESAGE, LIEPP)
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.