Spatial imaginaries and the student learning journey in higher education: transition as a contested space

Noble, Karen and Henderson, Robyn (2008) Spatial imaginaries and the student learning journey in higher education: transition as a contested space. In: FYHE 2008: An Apple for the Learner: Celebrating the First year Experience, 30 Jun-2 Jul 2008, Hobart, Australia.

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Abstract

This paper examines the notion of spatial imaginaries as a means of understanding, interpreting and challenging unspoken norms of university life, through an investigation of the transition experiences of self-identified 'at-risk' students in a regional university in Australia. Taking an actor-orientated perspective, the authors' focus is an examination of students' subjective motivations in forming a collective movement. It is argued that the Learning Circle approach adopted in a first year experience support program contributed to wider social changes for the participants and significantly impacted on their discourse and practice of university life. The human geography notion of spatial imaginaries is seen as a means by which tertiary educators can gain a better understanding of how to scaffold students' learning journeys and how to support students in their construction of a 'sense of place', while at the same time affording students an opportunity to explore their engagement and sense of connectedness in what for many is initially a contested space.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Authors retain copyright.
Depositing User: Dr Robyn Henderson
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2008 02:42
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: transition; Learning Circle; student learning journey; space and place; cultural geography; student engagement; higher education
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/4309

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