Learning Conditions and Student Orientations 1989/90

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Peisert, Hansgert (Forschungsprojekt Studiensituation, Universität Konstanz)
  • Bundesminister für Bildung und Wissenschaft, Bonn
Publication Date
  • H. Peisert, Forschungsprojekt Studiensituation, Universitaet Konstanz (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • University, Research, the Sciences
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Employment
    • Post-compulsory education
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Economic conditions and indicators
Free Keywords
Schema: TheSoz
school education; subject of study; course of academic studies; university policy; study conditions; academic; career prospect
  • Abstract

    Learning conditions and student orientation. Topics: 1. Subject of specialization and university admission: first studies or second studies; subject combination; semesters in practice; application through the ZVS {Center for Assignment of University Openings} or directly to the university; degree sought; type of high school graduation or entitlement to university admission; type of high school; attending the reformed upper level; high school graduation subjects; average grade in the final report; education before and activity after high school graduation; content connection between education or employment and subject. 2. Education choice and expectations of studies: characterization of situation before start of course of studies; types of university considered in the decision; consideration of training possibilities as alternatives to studies; motives for choice of studies; extent to which informed about selected questions of college studies; assessment of the usefulness of change of university, research practical training, studies abroad, specialization, studies beyond subject field, practical work experience outside of university, occupational education, university policy involvement, rapid conclusion of course of studies, supplemental qualification through second studies or doctorate for personal development and improvement of employment prospects; benefit of university studies; preference for studies oriented on inclination or on later occupational chances; characterization of personal major subject and demands posed. 3. Study and work habits: work technologies mastered regarding optimal learning and studying; self-assessment of ability to concentrate, personal initiative, ability to grasp new ideas, joy of discovery, critical faculty, care and exactness in work; evaluation of knowledge provided in school; participation in advance courses or bridge courses; judgement on the benefit of bridge courses; attending courses beyond subject; impairment of studies due to large number of students; learning and achievement orientation; self-evaluation of achievements in studies; study habits; fear of examinations and time stress from studies; regimentation of studies; course of studies and studies planning; loss of semesters through organizational rulings such as insufficient courses available or examinations not passed. 4. Path of studies and course of studies: intermediate examination completed and average grade; self-evaluation of one´s own achievements in studies; determinants of result of studies so far; employment as student assistant or tutor; time expenditures for various activities related to studies; relevance of employment during the school year to studies. 5. Questions on student situation in life: manner of financing studies; adequate financial means and money available monthly; proportion of student aid; employment in the last two semesters; difficulties in house-hunting; actual and preferred learning conditions; judgement on current housing situation; admission through the ZVS; existence of local admission restrictions; reasons for choice of university; change of major subject; change of university for applied science; studies abroad; interruption of studies; practical training abroad; participation in research projects; planned course of studies and considered change of subject or discontinuation of studies; number of university semesters; number of major subject semesters; expected number of major subject semesters at conclusion. 6. Contact and communication: description of frequency of contact with friends outside of the university, family members, students of one´s subject or other subjects, assistents, foreign students, professors and in the future field of employment as well as desire for increased contacts with these groups; satisfaction with contacts with fellow students and instructors; advice and coaching from instructors; frequency of use of coaching and counseling; importance of coaching and advice in selected areas of studies; personal experience of learning conditions; participation in activities of selected university groups; preferred tasks for the student representation; representation of personal university policy views by the current ASTA; perceived differences in the university situation of men and women; demand for improvement in the situation of women at the university; judgement on the structure, quality and organization of one´s course of studies; perceived social, technical as well as intellectual support in studies; extent of personal difficulties and stress in studies; student aid support under various aspects; most important change to improve personal learning conditions; conversations with college instructor about possible doctorate intents or acceptance of a position as assistent; satisfaction with the decision for the selected subject or interest in a different education; aspects of student life; the significance of studies in the current situation in life or studies orientation; evaluation of aspects of student life and satisfaction with being a student. 7. Ideas about university and science: currently determined as well as desired most important task of the university; preferred goals of university reform; attitude to selected forms of university policy protest or criticism; attitude to technical progress. 8. Role and chances of graduates: greater responsibility of graduates compared to the general public; specification of particular characteristics and abilities of graduates in comparison to non-academics; attitude to increased income and social status of graduates; perceived changes of the chances of upward social mobility for academics. 9. Choice of occupation and occupational concepts: occupational moral concepts and activity areas sought; occupation prospects; efforts for a job; perceived alternatives with job market difficulties. 10. Attitude to various areas of life: importance of areas of life; characterization of society in the Federal Republic as well as at the university by means of a profile of characteristics; preference for work or family, regarding respondent as well as partner; interest in politics in the area of general politics as well as also interest in university policy questions; attitude to democracy and the political system in the Federal Republic (scale); evaluation of statements about opportunities to participate in politics; personal agreement with basic political directions; attitude to selected political goals; alternative orientations and activities (participation in groups sharing a residence, citizen initiatives, peace movements, autonomous work collectives and women´s groups); extent of realization of general social and democratic goals in the Federal Republic; self-classification on a left-right continuum in comparison to various groups; assessment of social differences in the country; legitimatization of social inequality; attitude to achievement orientation and the competition principle.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1989-12 / 1990-04
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Students at the Universities of Munich, Hamburg, Bochum, Frankfurt, Freiburg, the TU Berlin, the TH Karlsruhe and the Polytechnic Essen as well as the Universities for Applied Science Coburg, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Kiel, Koblenz, Munich.
Probability: Simple random; Sampling Procedure Comment: Random selection
Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
  • Written survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 8812
    Number of Variables: 615
Survey unit: college students### The survey was conducted in the winter semester of 1989/90 and is part of a survey series. The remaining studies are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1884, 1885 and 2416.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA2417 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • 1 (Type: VerbundFDB)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.2417
  • Bargel, Tino; Sandberger, Johann Ulrich; Ramm, Michael: Studiensituation und studentische Orientierung: Vierte Erhebung zur Studiensituation an Universitäten und Fachhochschulen. Kurzfassung. Bonn: Bundesminister für Bildung und Wissenschaft 1992. Referat Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit. (Bildung - Wissenschaft - Aktuell 9/92)

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 22 | Registration Date: 2016-04-01