The first year experience: perceptions of students at a new campus

Ballantyne, Julie, Todd, Nick and Olm, Tammie (2007). The first year experience: perceptions of students at a new campus. In: Proceedings of the 30th HERDSA Annual Conference. The Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) National Conference, Adelaide, Australia, (13-29). 8 - 11 July 2007.

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Author Ballantyne, Julie
Todd, Nick
Olm, Tammie
Title of paper The first year experience: perceptions of students at a new campus
Conference name The Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) National Conference
Conference location Adelaide, Australia
Conference dates 8 - 11 July 2007
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 30th HERDSA Annual Conference
Place of Publication Milperra, NSW, Australia
Publisher Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia
Publication Year 2007
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 090855771X
ISSN 0155-6223
Start page 13
End page 29
Total pages 14
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
This study was conducted in a bid to better understand the student cohort at the new campus of the University of Southern Queensland. The project was designed to follow on from the findings of a recent nation-wide review of first year students conducted by the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne (Krause, Hartley, James, & McInnis, 2005). Studies focusing on the experiences and perceptions of vulnerable student cohorts provide valuable information to academic and support staff at universities and enable institutions to better meet student needs. The cohort in this context differed in several respects from those of previous studies, specifically in terms of the much greater proportion of students who were of a low to middle socio-economic status, as well as a larger proportion of matureage students. The findings are relevant in terms of providing meaningful student experiences, assisting students to connect theoretical frameworks with their home experiences, engaging students, developing innovative teaching and learning practices within this context and improving students’ perceptions of quality assurance. The demographics of the current sample indicate a cohort of students in previously marginalised groups and as such the current research constitutes a unique contribution to the investigation of first year experiences.

Subjects 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
1399 Other Education
Keyword New students
New campus
Experience
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

 
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