Finnish Straight-A Graduates’ Perceptions of the Smoothness of the Study Paths

Mari Salmela, Satu Uusiautti

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The purpose of this study is to discuss the smoothness of the study paths by describing Finnish general upper secondary education graduates’ study paths: What factors have promoted and supported straight-A graduates’ study paths? What kind of difficulties have straight-A graduates’ faced in their study paths? This was a narrative study conducted in 2012 by collecting straight-A graduates’ writings (N=14). The data were analyzed with narrative analyzing methods. The results showed the multidimensional nature of study paths: there is not just one way of reaching the same outcome. When it came the smoothness of study paths, it appeared that also the succeed-oriented students need support and guidance with their choices, goals, and strengths. 


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5296/jse.v3i4.4270

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