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Gymnasieelevers syn på vidare studier i Finland: Studie vid en gymnasieskola i Tornedalen
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was to examine the perspectives of Swedish students in upper secondary school regarding their abilities to attend higher education in Finland. The focus was partly on identifying factors which contribute to positive and negative attitudes on studying in Finland and partly on achieving a better understanding of how the students choose a higher education institution. The students in this examination are studying at an upper secondary school in the Torne Valley in Sweden. Information was gathered through questionnaires and interviews. The questionnaire consisted of 24 questions of which 22 were structured and standardized. The questions were divided into three blocks depending on their purpose in relation to the aim of the study. The results are presented in bar charts and in text. The results showed that the students have a positive attitude to living in a bilingual society. The majority of the students are of the opinion that the geographical proximity to Finland has affected their lives positively. Almost 45% of the respondents master Meänkieli or Finnish, which is seen as a benefit, especially on the labour market.There is to a large extent a lack of tradition, experience, role models and information from higher education institutions in Finland, possibly leading to the perception that Finland is not an option for higher education. In general, the students have an ignorance of their own competence and capability in relation to the Finnish education system. The study shows that educational guidance and information may have an influence on students’ choice of higher education institution and programme. The students make their own decisions based on individual choices and visions for the future. The most important factor in choosing a higher education institution is the existence of the intended programme of study.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 40 p.
Keyword [en]
Higher education, Higher education institution, Finland, Torne Valley, Bilingual, Meänkieli
National Category
Specific Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-60797OAI: diva2:563294
Subject / course
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-10-29 Created: 2012-10-29 Last updated: 2012-10-29Bibliographically approved

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