The first class: using icebreakers to facilitate transition in a tertiary environment

Kavanagh, Marie and Clark-Murphy, Marilyn and Wood, Leigh (2011) The first class: using icebreakers to facilitate transition in a tertiary environment. Asian Social Science, 7 (4). pp. 84-92. ISSN 1911-2017

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Transitioning to university can be difficult and encompasses many changes. This paper is concerned with
identifying how initial student experiences on campus can be enhanced in order to influence students' perception
of university. Universities are now under pressure to develop in graduates a wide range of skills, and we
highlight the fact that equal emphasis needs to be placed on successful academic and social integration. Research
reflecting processes to develop the concept of 'social support' and overcome the feeling of 'not belonging' at
university is scarce. In this paper the concept of icebreakers in the first weeks of student university experience is explored. Icebreakers can also be used as students move to new learning situations through their learning journey.
We trialled icebreaking activities in a workshop program designed to facilitate student engagement and develop
particular graduate skills. Practical examples from both across and within disciplines are provided. Comments
from workshop participants highlight the outcomes of these activities and provide criteria for success.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Authors retain copyright. 'Copyrights for articles published in CCSE journals are retained by the authors, with first publication rights granted to the journal.'
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2011 23:39
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2018 13:58
Uncontrolled Keywords: icebreakers; transition to university; student experience; business education
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130203 Economics, Business and Management Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy
Identification Number or DOI: 10.5539/ass.v7n4p84

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