Contesting ‘transitions’ and (re-)engaging with ‘subjectivities’: Locating and celebrating the habitus in three versions of ‘the first year experience’ at Central Queensland University

Simpson, Jenny and McConachie, Jeanne and Coombes, Phyllida and Danaher, Geoff and Harreveld, R.E. and Danaher, P.A. (2003) Contesting ‘transitions’ and (re-)engaging with ‘subjectivities’: Locating and celebrating the habitus in three versions of ‘the first year experience’ at Central Queensland University. In: First Year in Higher Education 2003 Conference: Enhancing Transition to Higher Education: Strategies and Policies that Work, 9-11 July, 2003, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia .

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Abstract

Instead of the homogeneous and undifferentiated view of ‘the first year experience’ implied by the term ‘transitions’, we prefer to emphasise diversity and heterogeneity in mapping multiple experiences of university life, particularly in ‘the first year’. This mapping includes – in the context of Central Queensland University (CQU) – students in a pre-undergraduate preparatory program with rich life experiences but limited formal education; school leavers and mature age students in a first year undergraduate program; and students with industry and professional experience in a pre-service teacher education program with both undergraduate and graduate entry points. Despite the considerable differences among these ‘first year experiences’, they have in common a focus on the habitus (Bourdieu, 1977, 1990) as a framework for locating and celebrating student and staff subjectivities and hence for maximising student (re-)engagements with university life. The paper illustrates these crucial processes in each of these versions of ‘the first year experience’.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2016 03:09
Last Modified: 10 May 2018 05:59
Uncontrolled Keywords: transitions; pre-undergraduate; teacher education; first year students
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930299 Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/7474

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