College Situation and Student Orientations 1994/95

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Wiehn, Erhard R. (Forschungsprojekt Studiensituation, Universität Konstanz)
  • Bundesminister für Bildung und Wissenschaft, Bonn
Publication Date
  • E.R. Wiehn, Forschungsprojekt Studiensituation, Universitaet Konstanz (Data Collector)
  • GESIS (Distributor)
  • GESIS (Hosting Institution)
  • ZA:
    • University, Research, the Sciences
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Post-compulsory education
Free Keywords
Schema: TheSoz
choice of studies; study conditions; curriculum; course of academic studies; guidance and counseling; career prospect; political attitude; social attitude; Learning behaviour
  • Abstract

    College situation and student orientation. Topics: 1.) subject and university access: first or second course of studies; combination of subjects; semester of practical experience; degree sought; type of qualification for university or university entitlement; state in which university qualification obtained; time span between acquisition of university qualification and start of studies; average grade in final examination; training before and activity after acquisition of university qualification; relevance of content of studies to previous employment or training. 2.) choice of education and expectations of studies: characterization of situation before start of course of studies; types of university considered in decision; motives for choice of course of studies; extent to which informed about selected questions of university study; assessment of the usefulness of change of university, research practical training, study abroad, specialization, inter-disciplinary studies, practical work experience outside of university, occupational training, university political involvement, rapid conclusion of studies, supplemental qualification through second course of studies or doctorate for personal development and to improve occupational prospects; personal benefit from university study; characterization of one's major subject and demands made by it; judgement on forms of events regarding personal learning success. 3.) studies and learning: learning situation in one's subject area; quality of events attended and lecturers in current semester; judgement on these regarding understandability, relevance to practice and clarity; participation in inter-disciplinary courses; manner of impedements experienced due to too many students in current semester. 4.) learning and work habits: learning habits; fear of examinations and time burden from studies; attitude to studies and examinations; preference for more structuring leeway during studies; regimentation of studies; professed and actual program of studies; loss of semesters from organizational rulings and insufficient faculty or examinations not passed; learning beyond the prescribed framework and interest in subject; work steps in learning for an examination, homework or seminar paper; number of required events in hours per week. 5.) path of studies and course of studies: intermediate examination passed and average grade; self-evaluation of one's own studies achievements; employment as student assistant or tutor and satisfaction with this; time expenditures for various activities relevant to studies; relevance to studies of employment at the time of lectures; use of various measures to prepare for examinations. 6.) questions on the situation of students in life: manner of financing studies; satisfaction with current extent of employment; importance of selected reasons for employment; adequate financial means and money available monthly; proportion of student aid; activities during the last semester vacation, such as e.g. trips or practical training; change of major subject; change of university; study abroad; interruption of studies; practical training abroad; participation in research projects; planned course of studies and contemplated change of subject or terminating studies; number of university semesters; number of major subject semesters; probable number of major subject semesters at final examination; delay of planned duration of studies; possible reasons for not staying within the regular time for studies. 7.) 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 persons from future field of occupation; desire for increased contacts with these groups; satisfaction with contacts with fellow students and instructors; counseling and support by instructors; frequency of using support and counseling; importance of support and counseling in selected areas of studies; personally experience of the studies situation; participation in activities of selected university groups; preferred tasks for the student representation; representation of personal university political views by the current ASTA; student representation by the students of the department; perceived differences in university situation of men and women; demand for improvement in the situation of women at university. 8. experiences and problems of studies: judgement on the structure, quality and organization of one's course of studies; perceived social, technical and intellectual support during studies; extent of personal difficulties and burdens during studies; most important change to improve personal situation in studies; reasons for or against a doctorate after the examination; talks with university instructor about possible doctorate intent or acceptance of a position as assistent; satisfaction with decision for chosen field of studies or interest in different training; aspects of student life; significance of studies in current situation in life or studies orientation; evaluation of aspects of student life and satisfaction with being a student; measures suitable to reduce length of studies; preferred goals of university reform; attitude to new forms of studies organization, such as e.g. open university, sandwich-studies and "Freischuss"-ruling; attitude to selected forms of university political protest or criticism; attitude to technical progress; computer possession and frequency of computer use at home and at the university. 9.) role and chances of university graduates: higher responsibility of university graduates regarding society; specifying particular characteristics and capabilities of university graduates in comparison to non-academics; attitude to increased income and social status of university graduates; perceived changes in the chances of upward social mobility for academics. 10.) choice and concepts of occupation: occupational value concepts and activity areas sought; regional preference for employment; occupation prospects in the new or old states, in the EC and in general for one's course of studies; efforts for a job; perceived alternatives given difficulties in the job market. 11.) attitude to various areas of life: importance of areas of life; preference for work or family from the point of view of respondent as well as his partner; interest in politics in the area of politics in general as well as interest in university policy questions; attitude to democracy and the political system in the Federal Republic (scale); evaluation of statements about possibilities to participate in politics; personal activity in clubs or organizations; personal agreement with basic political directions; attitude to selected political goals; extent of realization of general social and democratic goals in the old or new states; self-classification on a left-right continuum in general and in comparison to other fellow students; assessment of social differences in the country; legitimation of social inequality; attitude to achievement orientation and the competitive principle; dominance of advantages or disadvantages from German unification; judgement on selected statements about German unity and the GDR; progress and steps backwards from German unification; extent to which informed about the current European integration; expected consequences from European integration (scale). Demography: age in years; sex; marital status; number of children; city of studies and home town; existence of a disability or chronic illness; social origins.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1995-01 / 1995-04
    winter semester 1994/95
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
Students at German universities and technical schools
Probability; 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: 8461
    Number of Variables: 670
Survey unit: college students### The survey is part of a survey series. Further studies are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1884, 1885, 2416, 2417 and 3130.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA3131 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • 1 (Type: VerbundFDB)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.3131
  • Bargel, Tino: Studiensituation und studentische Orientierung: Fünfte Erhebung zur Studiensituation an Universitäten und Fachhochschulen. Kurzfassung. Bonn: Bundesminister für Bildung und Wissenschaft 1992. Referat Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit. (Bildung - Wissenschaft - Aktuell 11/93)
  • Bargel, Tino: Studienqualität und Hochschulentwicklung: Fünfte Erhebung zur Studiensituation an Universitäten und Fachhochschulen. Bonn: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Wissenschaft 1993. (Bildung - Wissenschaft - Aktuell 11/93)
  • Bargel, Tino; Multrus, Frank; Ramm, Michael: Studium und Studierende in den 90er Jahren: Entwicklung an Universitäten und Fachhochschulen in den alten und neuen Bundesländern. Kurzfassung. Bonn: Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft, Forschung und Technologie 1996.
  • Bargel, Tino; Multrus, Frank; Ramm, Michael: Studium und Studierende in den 90er Jahren: Entwicklung an Universitäten und Fachhochschulen in den alten und neuen Bundesländern. Bonn: Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft, Forschung und Technologie 1996.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 21 | Registration Date: 2016-04-01