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Pre-admission Education for Better Adapting Freshmen

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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First Year Programs Division Poster Session: The Best Place to Really Talk about First-Year Education

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First-Year Programs

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26.1239.1 - 26.1239.9



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Alexander Nikolaevich Solovyev Moscow Automobile and Road Construction State Technical University (MADI)

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Solovyev graduated Moscow State University in Lomonosov in 1970, with a specialty in mathematics. He obtained his Ph.D. in math and physics in 1976.
He obtained his Dr.Sc. in pedagogy in 2012, and has been a member of the International Society for Engineering Pedagogy (IGIP), the IGIP International Monitoring Committee, and acted as the general secretary of IGIP Russian Monitoring Committee.

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Larisa Petrova MADI

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Viatcheslav Prikhodko Moscow Automobile and Road Construction State Technical University (MADI)


Ekaterina Makarenko MADI

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Makarenko is the Associate Professor of the Chair of Sociology and Management.

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Pre-admission education for better adapt freshmenThe transition from secondary school to a technical university can be very difficult for manyyoung people. This is manifested in the facts that many students of the first year of studycannot pass exams (especially in mathematics and natural sciences) and there are manydropouts after the first year of study. We believe that the reasons of these facts are thatfreshmen before admittance have not realistic educational and social goals and they cannotasses themselves their knowledge. We see the improvement of the situation in the active pre-admission education among schoolboys and schoolgirls. We mean additional training inmathematics and natural sciences and professional counseling. First we decided to find outwhat had influenced on their choice of the way to the university during their last years insecondary school and did they have any additional training in this period. The method ofinvestigation was chosen a sociological survey among students of the first and second years ofstudy and graduates. For the first time it was done in 2005 (about 350 persons were engaged)and the data of dropouts was collected. After analyzing the results of sociological survey wemodernized the system of additional training and professional counseling conducted by thespecialists of our university in the high schools. The mainstream of modernization was toidentify the target audience of counseling and to introduce new methods of training. Webelieve that important target groups are female and persons reside other town than universityis situated. In the case that schoolboys and schoolgirls live in the same city that university issituated the counseling must be applied also to their parents. Nine years later we haveconducted similar survey in the 2014 and again collected the data of dropouts. Thecomparison of data shows the effectiveness of our work. The number of dropouts (in thewhole university) became about 10% less.

Solovyev, A. N., & Petrova, L., & Prikhodko, V., & Makarenko, E. (2015, June), Pre-admission Education for Better Adapting Freshmen Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24576

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