This thesis investigates the sources and effects of the pressures experienced by Danish university students. The universities have been under more or less constant reform for the last fifteen years. In recent years, there has been widespread debate about the pressures put on the students. Thus, the thesis employs the Self-Determination Theory in order to examine what pressures the students experience and how they affect their motivation and human wellness. Self Determination Theory builds on humanist theory and an organismic-dialectic perspective.
The thesis utilises both quantitative as well as qualitative empirical methods. Both a questionnaire and a focus group interview have been undertaken in order to ensure width as well as depth in the collected data.
The results show that the students experience a strong external regulation – especially from reforms and changing rules (coupled with a lack of information on which rules pertain to the individual students) – that diminish their feelings of autonomy, competence and relatedness. This results in less motivated and less well-being students. In the process, their self-perceived identity as students is affected. Some students, though, do not feel as affected by the rules and reforms.
|Uddannelser||Psykologi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
- Self-Determination Theory