SOME KEY CONSIDERATIONS REGARDING TODAY’S UNIVERSITY STUDENTS

Andonovska-Trajkovska, Daniela and Neshkovska, Silvana and Bogdanoska Jovanovska, Mimoza SOME KEY CONSIDERATIONS REGARDING TODAY’S UNIVERSITY STUDENTS. In: The Education at the Crossroads-Conditions,Challenges, Solutions and Perspectives: Conference Proceedings from the International Scientific Conference. Macedonian Science Society, Bitola, pp. 88-96. ISBN 978 - 608 - 4616 - 89 - 4

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This paper has the profile of today’s university students as its focal point. The key question raised here is whether higher education nowadays is compatible with the new profile of students, i.e. whether higher education adequately meets the needs of the new generations of students. This paper attempts to dissect the profile of these new generations of students, and, by uncovering some of their distinctive features, to determine whether higher education is in line with students’ needs and expectations, or whether perhaps is in dire need of change and upgrading. The instruments used in this research are two tailor-made questionnaires with both open and close-ended questions - one intended for tackling the students’ point of view and the other one for their professors’. A wide variety of questions are raised in the questionnaires including students’ motivation, behavior, needs, expectations, academic performance and achievements. The influence of the extensive use of technology and the socio-economic and political conditions on the general mind-set of students is also tackled by some of the questions. The questionnaires have been distributed among university students and professors from various university units at “St. Kliment Ohridski” University – Bitola. The qualitative and quantitative analysis of their responses brought to the forefront some key considerations regarding the profile of today’s students, such as: contemporary students’ demeanor is shaped by ICT to a great extent; students are apt to achieve high academic results, but they prefer practice to theory, and active to passive role in the process of learning; students are not keen on staying in their homeland after graduation. All these findings are quite indicative of the necessary changes that await our tertiary education in the near future.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Educational sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Education
Faculty of Information and Communication Technologies
Depositing User: Mr Josif Petrovski
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2018 11:53
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2018 11:53
URI: http://eprints.uklo.edu.mk/id/eprint/1345

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