'This is our campus!' - student perspectives of their 1st year experience at a new university campus

Todd, Nick and Ballantyne, Julie (2007) 'This is our campus!' - student perspectives of their 1st year experience at a new university campus. In: 10th Pacific Rim First Year in Higer Education Conference: Regenerate, Engage, Experiment, 4-6 July 2007, Brisbane, Australia.


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This study examines students’ first-year perspectives as undergraduates at Australia’s newest satellite campus. Those early experiences appear influential in securing successful transition (McInnis, James, & Hartley, 2000). This study sought to allow staff to better understand the inaugural cohort and strategically respond to their specific needs. The cohort sampled included several emerging demographic subgroups that researchers have recently requested be more fully investigated (Krause, Hartley, James, & McInnis, 2005). This paper details the findings of focus group interviews with members of those subgroups, and follows an earlier online survey of all first-year students. Findings reveal students thematically conceptualising their experiences in terms of commitment to their studies, a desire to engage in dialogue, and an 'us versus them' competitiveness. Mature age learners detailed their significant sacrifices made when undertaking university studies and the possibility of this factor being a variable influencing persistence and attrition is raised.

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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.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2007 01:38
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: first year experience, USQ Springfield, mature age students
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/3406

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