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The Bologna process in Germany and the Netherlands : a research about the potential explanations for different student perceptions

Püschel, Maike (2012) The Bologna process in Germany and the Netherlands : a research about the potential explanations for different student perceptions.

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Abstract:My thesis deals with the Bologna Process in Germany and the Netherlands. It is more precisely a research about the potential explanations for different student perceptions in these two countries. Thus, this thesis wants to answer the main research question: To what extent do students from or in Germany and the Netherlands hold different perceptions of the Bologna Process? And to which factors are these perceptions related? To answer this question, at first, I investigated and identified the differences in the perceptions more in detail. Afterwards, I discussed the Bologna Process itself, its purposes and its legal significance in order to relate resulting problems for the students from or in the two countries to it. Then, I identified the current and potential problems so that the main hypothesis as well as the conceptual framework resulted. With the help of the cross-sectional research design and an electronic questionnaire working with mainly closed questions, I asked to evaluate intensity of the students’ perceived problems. After the analysis of the data could confirm the main hypothesis partially and by a deeper elaboration it became clear that students differ significantly in their perceptions of different parts of their higher education system. Thus, my study contributes to a better understanding of the Bologna Process, it underlines that the creation of a ‘European Higher Education Area’ still needs a lot of work and reforms and that European students can definitely identify those to achieve this goal.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/61993
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