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A New Conception of Thriving


Harris, MW, A New Conception of Thriving, 2009 Enabling Pathways: Proceedings of the 3rd National Conference for Enabling Education, 25-27 November 2009, Toowoomba, Qld, pp. 1-13. ISBN 978-1-921420-09-2 (2009) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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This study provides a framework and template for the design and implementation of transitional programs to higher education by identifying the characteristics and process that allow individuals to thrive in challenging circumstances. There is a generally accepted view that there is a linear process of transition to higher education involving a disruption of old patterns, a period of uncertainty, and then a new beginning. My research, however, explores the evidence of such a dislocating challenge, and describes a new cyclic model that identifies the stages of the transition and the key characteristics within each stage. This research describes a suite of 16 prevailing themes and attributes the themes to the four process stages of the ‘thriving transition cycle’ (i.e. preparation, encounter, adjustment and stability). This research provides a unique, dynamic and detailed framework for the examination of the transition process; and indicators for timely, effective interventions.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Harris, MW (Dr Martin Harris)
ID Code:60491
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2010-02-09
Last Modified:2015-09-16
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