Educational process: students, what do they think?
We often hear the phrase "quality of education". At school they actively try to improve it by organizing conferences, engaging students in the learning process with a help of different multimedia installations, inviting successful entrepreneurs and professionals. So, what is the quality of education actually measured by? And what can students tell about choosing a specialty and finding future employment?
A student optional poll was conducted in one of the capital universities. And as a result it was found that 42% of the respondents were influenced by the factor of "high-paid job matching" and 39% said that it was "the best set of subjects to pass on the Central Testing". It seemed to be a simple task to choose a specialty where you have to study for 4 or 5 years. But how to study if at the end of the first year you come to understanding that your choice is wrong? The first year students who have decided to reenter and get another specialty believe that “since it is not too late, it is better to change the specialty”. But, on the face of the students’ responses, most of them (61%) are quite happy with a selected university and specialty. Moreover the final reason of choosing a place where to study is the university prestige and suitable specialties for applicants.
Educational process is an integral and the most important part of learning. If students are satisfied with it, then it will be interesting to study. In turn, this determines the willingness/unwillingness to look for a job according to a received degree. Among the most important characteristics that influence on the formation of a common educational process relationship are the following: teaching and assessment, a curriculum set of disciplines, the use of technology opportunities in training. But there are still areas of concern. Students are complaining about the lack of interesting subjects, as well as the overcrowded of "useless" subjects program. Students are also discontented with the way of workshop organization, quiz methods and their evaluation - they are the factors that reduce interest in learning.
More than the half of students considers that the study period reduction is a positive trend. Among the positive reviews of study period reduction from 5 to 4 years are following:
- Study period reduction will lead to a reduction of "useless subjects"
- The curriculum will focus more on the knowledge required for a particular profession
- Fees reduction
- Study period reduction will enable professionals enter the labor market early
But 12% of respondents are dissatisfied with such innovations. It means an increased load (classes on Saturdays), receiving superficial knowledge, and reduced students’ level of erudition as well as general training specialist.
During these 4 years for getting higher education students have the opportunity not only to study but also to attend cultural, entertaining, sporting, academic and volunteer activities. According to the survey students do not have them enough. Maybe the reason is in lack of awareness? For example, 49.4% of respondents do not even know that there are international exchange programs in their universities. When the students were informed about them, as many as 88.6% expressed a desire to participate. This suggests that the information does not reach the students. Whether the cause lies in students themselves, student government, instructors or administration - this is an open question. But, as they say, there should be self-interest.
Author: Nadezhda Varivionchik
The optional poll was conducted by the research laboratory of sociological and marketing research "Public Opinion"29.03.2013 - 21:36