Monitoring the social and academic integration of first year education students at a regional university

Black, Trevor (2012) Monitoring the social and academic integration of first year education students at a regional university. In: 15th International First Year in Higher Education Conference (FYHE 2012): New Horizons, 26-29 Jun 2012, Brisbane, Australia.

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Abstract

It is agreed that the first year of study in higher education is a time of great change in the lives of students and as such they are at risk of performing below their capability or withdrawing from the institution. Studies have identified the social and academic integration of students as a priority during this period leading to the implementation of a range of strategies to address this issue. To monitor the engagement of students, higher education institutions have devised measures (usually in the form of surveys) to identify students that could be in need of support to enable them to continue their studies. To this point in time the monitoring of social integration has had very limited attention. This paper describes a tool used to monitor both academic and social integration as well as broader factors throughout the education students' first year of study. Evaluation of the effectiveness of the monitoring tool is discussed using the results of semi-structured interviews conducted with the students.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2013 00:30
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2015 01:42
Uncontrolled Keywords: higher education; mentoring; student experience; FYHE
Fields of Research : 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 > 130305 Educational Counselling
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939903 Equity and Access to Education
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930402 School/Institution Community and Environment
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22385

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