Valuing students’ voices: experiences of first year students at a new campus

Ballantyne, Julie (2012) Valuing students’ voices: experiences of first year students at a new campus. International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning, 7 1: 1886-1906. doi:10.5172/ijpl.2012.7.1.41

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Author Ballantyne, Julie
Title Valuing students’ voices: experiences of first year students at a new campus
Journal name International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1833-4105
Publication date 2012-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.5172/ijpl.2012.7.1.41
Open Access Status
Volume 7
Issue 1
Start page 1886
End page 1906
Total pages 21
Place of publication Toowoomba, QLD Australia
Publisher University of Southern Queensland, Faculty of Education
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper examines first-year, predominantly mature-aged students' perspectives as undergraduates at one of Australia's newest satellite campuses. Findings were captured through focus group interviews, and analysed using content analysis. They suggest that these students conceptualised their university experiences in terms of their commitment and sacrifices made, and a desire to engage in dialogue. The students' desire to be seen as valued within the institution is explored, which might be used to better understand how other first year students also conceptualize their first year experience. It sheds light on the ways that universities can address persistence and attrition in the crucial early years of study, particularly in catering for mature-aged students.
Keyword First year experience
Higher education
Mature age students
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Wed, 28 Nov 2012, 11:39:16 EST by Dr Julie Ballantyne on behalf of School of Music