Is Drop-out from University Dependent on National Culture and Policy? The Case of Denmark

Rie Troelsen, Per Fibæk Laursen

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    National cultures are known to influence educational institutions and practices in many ways. It therefore seems reasonable to assume that drop-out from university is also influenced by differences in national cultures. In this article, we compare drop-out from Danish universities with drop-out from European universities. Based on Danish national culture (characterised by individualism, low power distance, femininity, and low uncertainty avoidance) and on the high level of economic support for students, we find that drop-out from higher education in Denmark as compared to most other European countries is less influenced by socio-economic factors and by the students' degree of social integration. Hence, our review of the research on drop-out identifies some differences that might rest on national cultural varieties. It also points to difficulties in comparing results from different research studies, not only in Denmark but also across Europe. This difficulty results from varieties in research designs and definitions of drop-out.

    TidsskriftEuropean Journal of Education
    Udgave nummer4
    Sider (fra-til)484-496
    Antal sider12
    StatusUdgivet - 3. nov. 2014


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