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"Ohne Effizienz geht es nicht". Ergebnisse einer qualitativ-empirischen Erhebung unter Studierenden der Volkswirtschaftslehre
This is the first qualitative examination of student’s perception of undergraduate economics curricula in the German-speaking area. Based on the Documentary Method we conducted and analyzed group discussions at five of the most important economics departments in Germany and Austria. In doing so we reconstructed four basic orientations that can be labelled ‘typical’ for a student’s handling of an undergraduate economics study program. Contrary to a mainly theoretical discourse around the Status quo of academic economic education (monism vs. pluralism of schools, theories, methods and disciplines), our results suggest to further take into account the institutional and structural contexts of economic education (Bologna reform). Furthermore we urge for an intensified debate on the current state of methods of performance assessment and the curricular organization. The dominance of mathematical methods as well as a lack of real world orientation are topics already discussed within the literature and are being empirically backed by our results.