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Using a student centred approach to explore issues affecting student transition

Morda, Romana and Sonn, Christopher C and Ali, Lutfiye and Ohtsuka, Keis (2007) Using a student centred approach to explore issues affecting student transition. In: HERDSA 2007 International Conference, 8-11 July 2007, Adelaide, South Australia. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Student attrition in the first year of university is an issue of concern for many universities. Many factors influence attrition including academic preparedness and social adjustment difficulties. In this project we sought clarify factors that influence transition from the perspective of students and to implement strategies to address this issue. During first semester 2006, a series of strategies were implemented with the aim of better supporting first year psychology students' adjustment to university. These strategies included identifying students' concerns and challenges, structured orientation activities, curriculum reforms and learning support workshops. Students found the structured orientation activities and curriculum reforms beneficial in that they allowed them to reflect upon, share and validate their concerns with others which in turn helped foster their adjustment to university life. However, evaluation of the effectiveness of the learning support workshops revealed that a more systematic approach to academic support was needed, such as embedding this support into the curriculum.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: higher education, student centred approach, student retention, academic support
Subjects: RFCD Classification > 380000 Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Depositing User: Dr Keis Ohtsuka
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2008
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2015 22:23
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/666
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