Response of secondary school graduates to introduction of changes to university studies

Theory and Practice

Since the opinions of individuals/secondary school graduates or candidates for graduation about the possibilities they have in university studies are influenced by various information sources, they may change in the course of education process. The evaluation of the individual’s knowledge of the issue, which includes the opinion questions, shows an informational power of the post-modern society. The opinion of the young is formed by means of numerous inter-actions. Their attitude to implementation of Bologne declaration in university education shows on one hand the individual’s level of information acquired from media and on the other hand the power of debate and of the environment where a public discourse takes place. Active participation in the debate and new information may cause the change of an individual’s attitude. A significant factor in decision making is an individual’s readiness to talk of the problem or to refrain from talking. The firmness of the opinion of those young who are confronted by the dilemma resp. who are deciding what to study in the new circumstances which are a result of the said European Union’s declaration may be influenced by the prevailing opinion in the society, by incessant pressures exercised by the media on one hand, and on the other hand by the autonomous decision of an individual. Since young people tend to prefer the free decision making, the possibility of changing their views are higher if free of pressure which all can represent an important element in deciding on the future studies. 

Key words: active participation in debate, media, opinion, attitude, compliance. 

Stanislav Kink