Supporting the development of persistence: strategies for teachers of first year undergraduate students

Huntly, Helen and Donovan, Jenny (2009) Supporting the development of persistence: strategies for teachers of first year undergraduate students. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 21 (2). pp. 210-220.

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Abstract

The first year of university study has a major impact on later participation and performance. Transitioning to university from school or other contexts requires first year students to become selfdirected learners, entering an environment with minimal constraints and expectations of selfmotivation and individual effort. In 1991, Costa named the habits of mind, suggesting that demonstration of these habits will enhance the academic success of learners. This research project aimed to identify teaching and learning strategies with potential to assist first year university
students to persist at a task. Persistence is one of Costa's (1991) habits, and it supports one of the Seven Principles of Good Practice in Undergraduate Education, recently adopted by Central Queensland University. This paper outlines data gathered from two participating tutors of first year teacher education students at a Queensland regional campus. Participant journals and individual
interviews were the data sources. Analysis revealed that student persistence can be developed and enhanced through teaching and learning strategies focusing on reflection on learning, shared experiences, and positive feedback, even though different pedagogical approaches were adopted.
Specifically, one tutor addressed the habit of persistence explicitly, the other did not, yet both groups of students showed evidence of having persisted at their tasks.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This publication is open access under Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. 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: 29 Jul 2014 02:33
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2015 05:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: academic persistence; habits of mind; transitioning to university; Seven Principles of Good Practice; higher education research
Fields of Research : 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 > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930399 Curriculum not elsewhere classified
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/25625

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