Social connectedness and the use of social resources in the initial phases of undergraduate studies

Duration   01/2018 – 12/2020
Funded by   DFG [German Research Foundation]
Researchers   Dr. Julia Eberle, Prof. Dr. Nikol Rummel
External partners  
  • Prof. Dr. Daniel Bodemer (Lehrstuhl für Psychologische Forschungsmethoden – medienbasierte Wissenskonstruktion an der Universität Duisburg Essen)
  • Prof. Dr. Nicole Krämer (Lehrstuhl für Sozialpsychologie – Medien und Kommunikation unter Einschluss von Genderperspektiven im Umgang mit neuen Technologien an der Universität Duisburg Essen)
  • Prof. Dr. Katrin Sommer (Lehrstuhl für Didaktik der Chemie an der Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

Project description

This project focusses on the relevance of social factors for academic success in the initial phases of undergraduate studies in science and technology, taking emotional/motivational and knowledge-related effects of social connectedness into account. In three studies, this project investigates relations and effects of significant social variables and academic success that enhance existing research insights in this field and complement the conceptual framework of the research unit ALSTER. Furthermore, it builds the foundations for practical measures to support students in overcoming the problems that may arise from a lack of social connectedness during the initial phases of their undergraduate studies and thus potentially leading to increased academic success.

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