Transitioning into university: 'interrupted' first year students problem-solving their way into study

Henderson, Robyn and Noble, Karen and De George-Walker, Linda (2009) Transitioning into university: 'interrupted' first year students problem-solving their way into study. Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development, 6 (1). pp. 51-65. ISSN 1832-2050

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Abstract

For many ‘new’ university students, especially those who might be called ‘mature age’, ‘interrupted’ or ‘second chance’ learners, the commencement of university study is often fraught with difficulties. Whilst family and paid employment commitments sometimes compete with study time, some students worry that they do not have the wherewithal for tertiary study or that they may not be successful in their new venture. This paper sets out to investigate some of the concerns experienced by a group of ‘interrupted’ learners who are enrolled in the first year of an education degree in a regional Australian university and to consider their views of a support program that they have accessed. In contrast to the traditional approach of offering academic support to students, this program emphasises social support and the development of a learning community as essential to academic success. In providing a time and a place for students to meet with a group of academics on a weekly basis, the program operates with no fixed academic agenda and positions students and academics as life-long learners. In this supportive environment, this approach works to develop enhanced problem-solving capacities as the students make their transition into university study.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright for this article is retained by the authors, with first publication rights granted to the journal. By virtue of their appearance in this open access journal, articles are free to use, with proper attribution, in educational and other non-commercial settings.
Depositing User: Dr Robyn Henderson
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2009 12:19
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2014 06:36
Uncontrolled Keywords: first year experience; interrupted learners; academic support; social support
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/5281

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