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Project duration 15.05.2017 - 31.03.2019, extended until 31.03.2022

Educational Trajectories across the Transition to Higher Education (BONNS)

Student motivation is not only an important determinant for commitment and perseverance at university, but is also crucial for academic success. The focus of this study is on short-term changes in the motivational beliefs of students in advanced mathematics courses.

Project description

Student motivation is not only an important determinant for commitment and perseverance at university, but is also crucial for academic success. Drawing on the expectancy-value theory, the study focuses on short-term changes in the motivational beliefs of students in advanced mathematics courses over the period of a semester.

Dunkelblauer Schriftzug des Projektnamens BONNS mit gelben O.

Such courses often pose hurdles to future success in this area and many students fail to overcome these. Six cohorts of students from three mathematical-scientific degree programs in the introductory phase are followed (N = 1113, two years with three cohorts each).

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External project partners

  • Bonner Zentrum für Hochschullehre (BZH)
  • Universität Bonn

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The most convenient highway exits are on the B 1/A 40 (Dortmund-Barop) (closer to the North Campus) and on the A45 (Dortmund-Eichlinghofen). The university is signposted at both exits. In the local road network you will find signs to Campus Nord, where the Campus Treff is also located. From Emil-Figge-Strasse, entrance no. 18 and from Vogelspothsweg entrance no. 23 lead to parking spaces near the venue.

From Dortmund main station, take the S-Bahn "S1" in the direction of Solingen on track 7 to the stop "Dortmund-Universität" (price level A). The S-Bahn runs every 15 minutes during peak hours on weekdays and takes about 6 minutes. From Düsseldorf, the S-Bahn runs every 30 minutes. Directly at the S-Bahn station you will find the CDI building, which houses the Center for Research on Education and School Development.

One of the university's landmarks is the H-Bahn, which has two terminuses on the North Campus. One is located directly above the S-Bahn station and is easily accessible from it by elevators. The other is located in the center of Campus North at the bridge between the University Library and the Mensa, right next to the Audimax. The H-Bahn runs from here to the South Campus and the Eichlinghofen district.

Dortmund has an airport connected with some destinations in Central Europe. There are regular flights, for example, to Amsterdam, Berlin, Dresden, Katowice, Krakow, Leipzig-Halle, London, Munich, Nuremberg, Paris, Poznan, Stuttgart, Vienna and Zurich. For the approximately 20 kilometers from the Dortmund airport to the campus, you can take the bus to the main train station and from there the S-Bahn. Faster is usually the use of a cab. Far more international flight connections are offered by the Rhine-Ruhr Airport in Düsseldorf, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university station.