International Journal of
Educational Administration and Policy Studies

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Educ. Admin. Pol. Stud.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6656
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJEAPS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 224

Full Length Research Paper

Creating a psychological paradigm shift in students’ choice for tertiary education in Sri Lanka: The influence of socioeconomic factors

Lalith Edirisinghe
  • Lalith Edirisinghe
  • Faculty of Management and Social Sciences/CINEC Campus, Sri Lanka.
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K. A. P. Siddhisena
  • K. A. P. Siddhisena
  • Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
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Sampath Siriwardena
  • Sampath Siriwardena
  • Faculty of Management and Social Sciences/CINEC Campus, Sri Lanka.
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Lakshmi Ranwala
  • Lakshmi Ranwala
  • Faculty of Management and Social Sciences/CINEC Campus, Sri Lanka.
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  •  Received: 01 October 2021
  •  Accepted: 23 December 2021
  •  Published: 31 January 2022

Abstract

This paper investigates the potential influence of socioeconomic factors in the students’ choice for tertiary education. The approach of this study combines an opinion survey, desk research and a case study.  Shifting of a psychological paradigm is easier said than done. It may need social awareness about the existing problems, gaps, significance and negative/positive impact of different scenarios, and availability of potential solution. The data analysis and discussions have been done under identified key socioeconomic factors relevant to education. Parental levels of education, income, and financial status have been given priority in the discussion. Parents’ involvements in education and material support have been recognized as influential factors in students’ choice in university education. The language of instruction and peer group in school environment was considered finally. However, none of these factors are within the control of a person or an institute. The objective of the study is to explore factors required to establish favourable socioeconomic conditions providing students with right direction while implementing necessary policy changes to create suitable pathways in the tertiary education. The paper recommends vertical integration of teaching majors from school, to the university, to the industry which would provide many benefits.

 

Key words: Psychological paradigm, students’ choice, tertiary education, socioeconomic factors.