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Exploring the first-year experience in a diverse population: using participatory action research to explore strategies to support student transition into fasttrack undergraduate degree programs

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Rickard, G and Bramble, M and Maxwell, H and Einboden, R and Farrington, S and Say, R and Beh, C-L and Stankiewcz, G and Campbell, C and Yeh, C, Exploring the first-year experience in a diverse population: using participatory action research to explore strategies to support student transition into fasttrack undergraduate degree programs, Student Success, 9, (4) pp. 41-51. ISSN 2205-0795 (2018) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.5204/ssj.v9i4.653

Abstract

As the cohort of students in Australian universities become increasingly diverse, attention to ensuring their success is an emerging issue of social justice in tertiary education. Navigating transitions through the student journey is crucial to their success. Exploring and responding to the needs of a cohort of firstyear students is the focus of this research. Using a participatory action approach, this project aimed to discover what is meaningful for first-year students, by exploring how students experienced the processes of admission, enrolment, commencement, and learning and teaching in two fast-track and one online health degrees. Nine students were partnered with nine academics for a six-month period. The analysis offers insights into equity issues in relation to the institution’s admission processes, the quality of support and engagement from academics to students when transitioning to university life, and how students find their ‘place’. Strategies to support the transition process for first-year students are identified and discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:first year experience, student engagement, diversity, fast track
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education Systems
Research Field:Higher Education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and Learning
Objective Field:Learner and Learning Processes
UTAS Author:Rickard, G (Professor Greg Rickard)
UTAS Author:Bramble, M (Dr Marguerite Bramble)
UTAS Author:Maxwell, H (Dr Hazel Maxwell)
UTAS Author:Einboden, R (Ms Rochelle Einboden)
UTAS Author:Farrington, S (Ms Sally Farrington)
UTAS Author:Say, R (Mr Richard Say)
UTAS Author:Beh, C-L (Dr Chin- Liang Beh)
UTAS Author:Campbell, C (Mr Craig Campbell)
UTAS Author:Yeh, C (Mrs Caroline Yeh)
ID Code:129935
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2018-12-21
Last Modified:2019-05-14
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