What is it about?

The need to understand the motivation and pre-socialization of incoming students forms an important part of the process of rethinking the educational process, based on a better appreciation of incoming students. The study uncovered motivational factors of applicants to one architecture program in East Africa through qualitative content analysis. While the findings are comparable with those from earlier studies in Europe and North America, contextual variances are also evident.

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Why is it important?

The persistence and success of students is largely linked to their motivation and pre-socialisation as incoming students. While this issue has largely been ignored across sub-Saharan Africa, it does have a significant impact on the educational process. The first study of its kind in East Africa, the study has revealed motivational factors in four general categories: educational, external, personal, and prestige.

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This publication comes out of my engagement in research on architectural education across East Africa, seeking to unravel the myriad of issues that influence this endeavour.

Dr Mark Olweny
University of Lincoln

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This page is a summary of: Students׳ motivation for architecture education in Uganda, Frontiers of Architectural Research, September 2017, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.foar.2017.06.002.
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