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Nurturing graduate attributes through a first year student experience which promotes the formation of effective learning communities


Leung, DYP and Kember, D, Nurturing graduate attributes through a first year student experience which promotes the formation of effective learning communities, American Journal of Educational Research, 1, (7) Article 3. ISSN 2327-6126 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.12691/education-1-7-3


Many students enter university with naÔve epistemological beliefs and study approaches incompatible with the goals of higher education or the display of attributes such as critical or creative thinking. This study examines whether a first year experience can promote the formation of effective learning communities, which in turn can provide a mechanism for nurturing a range of graduate attributes. The curriculum encompasses initiatives to assimilate students into the university, prompts the adaptation of appropriate university study behaviour, and contains a general education component to broaden the student experience. The impact of the first year experience was examined by collecting quantitative data which measured studentsí perceptions of the effectiveness of assimilation, adaptation of study behaviour, the impact of the broadening component, and the nurturing of attributes. The data were analysed with structural equation modelling. A model in which the curriculum elements impacted on the development of graduate attributes showed a good fit to the data. Effective learning communities played a key role both in assimilation into the university community and the adoption of appropriate study behaviours.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:first year experience, learning communities, graduate attributes, study behaviours, general education, structural equation modeling
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 not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Kember, D (Professor David Kember)
ID Code:86792
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2013-10-22
Last Modified:2014-05-01
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