The first year experience: perceptions of students at a new campus

Ballantyne, Julie and Todd, Nick and Olm, Tammie (2007) The first year experience: perceptions of students at a new campus. In: 30th HERDSA Annual Conference: Enhancing Higher Education, Theory and Scholarship (HERDSA 2007), 8-11 Jul 2007, Adelaide, South Australia.

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Abstract

This study was conducted in a bid to better understand the student cohort at the new campus of the University of Southern Queensland. The project was designed to follow on from the findings of a recent nation-wide review of first year students conducted by the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne (Krause, Hartley, James, & McInnis, 2005). Studies focusing on the experiences and perceptions of vulnerable student cohorts provide valuable information to academic and support staff at universities and enable institutions to better meet student needs. The cohort in this context differed in several respects from those of previous studies, specifically in terms of the much greater proportion of students who were of a low to middle socio-economic status, as well as a larger proportion of mature-age students. The findings are relevant in terms of providing meaningful student experiences, assisting students to connect theoretical frameworks with their home experiences, engaging students, developing innovative teaching and learning practices within this context and improving students’ perceptions of quality assurance. The demographics of the current sample indicate a cohort of students in previously marginalised groups and as such the current research constitutes a unique contribution to the investigation of first year experiences.


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Depositing User: Mr Nick Todd
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2007 05:22
Last Modified: 25 May 2012 05:58
Uncontrolled Keywords: first-year experience; new campus; student perceptions
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930402 School/Institution Community and Environment
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/3641

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