Explaining academic progress via combining concepts of integration theory and rational choice theory
SourceResearch in Higher Education, 43, 5, (2002), pp. 577-600
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Research in Higher Education
SubjectInequality, cohesion and modernization; Ongelijkheid, cohesie en modernisering
In this article, elements of rational choice theory and integration theory are compared on the basis of their explanatory power to explain variance in academic progress. It is argued that both theoretical concepts could be combined. Furthermore the distinction between social and academic integration which integration theory makes is abandoned. Empirical tests, using AMOS (Analysis of Moment Structures), show that an extended model, comprising both integration and rational choice theory, provides the best explanation of academic progress.
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