Enhancing the transition to university by facilitating social and study networks: Results of a one-day workshop

Mary Peat, James Dalziel, Anthony M. Grant

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    Abstract

    The quality of students' initial induction to the university system plays a key role in their adaptation to university life. One factor that facilitates transition is the establishment of supportive social and study-related networks. Historically universities have not been proactive in fostering such networks, but in recent years the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney has held an annual one-day Transition to University workshop designed to facilitate social and study-related networks. A qualitative evaluation found that the workshop facilitated the establishment of strong peer relationships, and that these enhanced study, self-motivation, and general enjoyment of university life. Quantitative analyses found that, in comparison to participants, non-attendees were significantly more likely to feel isolated or depressed, and had greater difficulty in adapting to university life. These findings show that such workshops greatly assist in the development of peer networks, and are helpful in easing the transition of undergraduate students.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)293-303
    Number of pages11
    JournalInnovations in Education and Teaching International
    Volume37
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2000

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