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Chinese students' view on motivation to pursue postgraduate studies
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study aimed to investigate the motivation of whether pursuing postgraduate study or not among Chinese students in Inner Mongolia University and Dalian Nationalities University. All in all fourteen specific questions were designed in the questionnaire. Psychodynamic theory, social cognitive theory and Bronfenbrenner’s ecological theory have been employed to analyze the data. The results indicate that students’ motivations to pursue postgraduate studies have both internal and external causes. For those who want to pursue postgraduate studies, the internal causes can be listed as following: a higher degree for a decent job and students’ thirst for knowledge. The external causes include peer influence and extra expectation to fulfill parents' dreams. Those who do not want to pursue postgraduate studies hold more than a different idea on the relation between a better job and a higher degree. They think they can find a good job without a higher degree, and higher education level will not make any difference.

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2014. , 46 p.
Keyword [en]
Motivation, take Postgraduate Studies
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-17242Archive number: SGSMKINSA-V14-8OAI: diva2:732641
Subject / course
Social work
Educational program
Social work – specialisation in international social work (in eng)
Available from: 2014-07-07 Created: 2014-07-03 Last updated: 2014-07-07Bibliographically approved

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