Diverse transitions

Elizabeth Reid, Ian Solomonides

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    This paper discusses some of the key experiences which contribute to successful first year student transitions into university. Interviews with seventeen first year students from across Macquarie University’s four faculties provided an insight into the degree to which their expectations of higher education were being met by the university’s initiatives. The participants’ educational, cultural and professional backgrounds were varied. The diversity of their responses indicates the dangers of understanding and treating first year students in a generic fashion in the university. The emphasis of the responses confirms previous and contemporary work stressing the importance of the socio-cultural, social capital and emotional domains in the successful transition of students.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationFirst Year in Higher Education Conference 2008
    Subtitle of host publicationaspiration, access, achivement
    EditorsJason Thomas
    Place of PublicationBrisbane
    PublisherQUT Publications
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)9781741072822
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    EventPacific Rim Conference on the First Year in Higher Education (13th : 2010) - Adelaide
    Duration: 27 Jun 201030 Jun 2010


    ConferencePacific Rim Conference on the First Year in Higher Education (13th : 2010)


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