Motivation for Applying to University in High School and University Students

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Abstract

The article addresses the problem of motivation for applying to universities as a component of one's readiness for studying at university. 'University readiness' is a complex system formation that affects one's success in learning. The article describes the findings of a pilot study on the problem that was carried out in Moscow in 2005-2006; the participants were high school students and first-year university students. The findings show that not all participants have an adequate level of motivational readiness for applying to university; moreover, motivational readiness tends to change over the period from high school to first year at university.

General Information

Keywords: motivational readiness, professional motivation, learning motivation, university readiness, higher education

Journal rubric: Educational Psychology

For citation: Kusakina S.N. Motivation for Applying to University in High School and University Students. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie = Psychological Science and Education, 2008. Vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 58–66. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Svetlana N. Kusakina, PhD Student at the Developmental Psychology Chair, Educational Psychology Department, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, e-mail: svetlana-kusakina@yandex.ru