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ERIC Number: EJ1004887
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1479-7860
Enhanced Induction into a Science Top-up Degree--Easing Transition from Further Education Institutions
Prankel, Susanne; Weaver, Lorraine
Bioscience Education, v20 p92-100 Dec 2012
Induction for students entering university at level six is often less in-depth than that for students experiencing higher education (HE) for the first time. A week-long "Enhanced Induction" was developed specifically tailored to the concerns of the staff and students involved in an Animal Science "Top-up" at the University of Worcester. The concerns raised are examined and related to potential causes and remedies. The materials that were developed successfully broke down perceived or actual barriers and came in three categories: institution specific, subject specific and level specific and used relevant topical examples throughout. There was an emphasis on student-centred learning and dialogue that proved very successful. The success of the Enhanced Induction was assessed by comparing the module results, final awards and withdrawal rates of these students with those of the previous five cohorts who had not received such a structured induction. These indicated that the Enhanced Induction was successful in achieving its aims. The materials are easily adaptable to other institutions and are available for dissemination.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)