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Higher Education and Inequalities I


Wed 26. 8.  11:00 - 12:30
room FA 245

Values and Motivation for Entering Higher Education in the Hungary-Romania Cross-Border Area


Bernath, Krisztina
Partium Christian University, Romania

In the frame of this paper we aim to explore the characteristics, value system and motivations of learning, towards the university and the profession that students have in entering higher education by exploring quantitative data collected in the frame of the "Higher Education for Social Cohesion – Cooperative Research and Development in Cross-Border Area" project, funded by the Hungary-Romania Cross-border Cooperation Programme (HERD - HURO/0901/253/2.2.2). The individual's position in the social structure is strongly tinged to housing-related micro-social effects, such as the development level and quality of the home area, accessibility of the education institution and the socio-economic environment, which are factors that strongly influence a region's society's fate, and decisively determine the individual schooling conditions. The review of the literature enlightens upon the problem raised here, in its various aspects. Both international and national literature proves that social reproduction within the family acts upon the educational/career choice of university students. Educational theory and research from countries other than Romania remain focused on social class disparities, incorporating factors from the human capital investment framework, while Romanian research on the theme is also interested in more psycho-sociological approaches of the motivations for entering higher education.