Publication
Title
A systematic review of factors related to first-year students' success in Dutch and Flemish higher education
Author
Abstract
This systematic review presents an overview of factors which play an important role in explaining first-year grade point average (GPA), the number of obtained credits (EC), and persistence in Dutch and Flemish higher education. Thirty-nine peer-reviewed articles were included, mostly Dutch studies using samples of university students. We found that ability factors, prior education characteristics, learning environment characteristics and behavioural engagement indicators were most successful in explaining success. While prior education and behavioural engagement were related to GPA, EC and persistence, the results differed depending on which outcome variable was used in the other predictor categories. Ability and learning environment mattered most as GPA and EC predictors. Personality characteristics, motivational factors, and learning strategies were mainly important for GPA. Demographic factors mattered most for EC, and psychosocial factors for EC and persistence. Recommendations for future research are provided based on this review's results.
Language
English
Source (journal)
PEDAGOGISCHE STUDIEN
Publication
Eindhoven : Vor-vfo , 2017
Volume/pages
94 :5 (2017) , p. 360-405
ISI
000435676100001
Full text (open access)
UAntwerpen
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Research group
Project info
Ready for higher education? A longitudinal study of the influence of study choice process and academic integration process on study succes in first year higher education.
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Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
Web of Science
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Creation 10.07.2018
Last edited 20.09.2021
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