Expectations and realities for first year students at an Australian university

Nelson, Karen J., Kift, Sally M., & Clarke, John A. (2008) Expectations and realities for first year students at an Australian university. In 11th Pacific Rim Conference on the First Year in Higher Education : First Year in Higher Education Conference 2008 : an apple for the learner : celebrating the first year experience, 30 June - 2 July, 2008, Hobart, Tasmania.

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Student expectations and their realization are regarded as having a significant effect on the successful transition of students into and their engagement with university. Students from the Faculties of Law (internal and external modes of study) and Information Technology (internal only) provided their expectations (week 1: 918 students) and reported the realities (week 13: 680) in the areas of experiences, challenges and management of their learning during their first semester at the Queensland University of Technology. While their expectations were diverse and the match and mismatch of expectations and reality were complex, and while they expected and reported having an overall rewarding and positive experience, they indicated that their expectations about developing new learning skills were not fulfilled. Implications of this for curricula and the design and management of learning environments are discussed.

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ID Code: 17883
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: transitions, student expectations, first year experience, HERN
ISBN: 1741072417
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Chancellery
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 17 Feb 2009 00:21
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:50

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