Negotiating the University Environment: How first year students learn about University processes

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Crisp, Beth R and Fox, John (2012) Negotiating the University Environment: How first year students learn about University processes. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education , 14 (1). pp. 55-72. ISSN 1329-0584

Abstract

This paper is an attempt to make sense of the literature about how new university students develop an understanding of those university processes that are essential to their academic success. Whereas traditionally there has been a tendency to regard students as deficient if they had transition difficulties, such an approach fails to recognise the complexity of the process and the role of the habitus, as explored by Bourdieu (1993), in rendering this task even more difficult for some students. The literature highlights the need for further research. We suggest the need to do so with regard to the complexity of students' experiences and the need to better appreciate the role of emotional or affective influences to that end. We also suggest that Bourdieu's concepts, especially those concerning habitus, would provide a sound foundation for the suggested research.

Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/22267
Official URL http://www.aaswwe.asn.au/download/2013/Advances_Vo...
Subjects Current > FOR Classification > 1607 Social Work
Historical > SEO Classification > 9202 Health and Support Services
Historical > SEO Classification > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Arts
Keywords ResPubID26752, tertiary education, first year experience, Bourdieu, transition
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