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ERIC Number: EJ1007912
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-1756-1108
Investigating the Transition into Third Level Science--Identifying a Student Profile
Lovatt, James; Finlayson, Odilla
Chemistry Education Research and Practice, v14 n1 p62-72 2013
Research into student transition to and experience of first-year undergraduate study has been ongoing for many years. The corresponding research within the discipline of science has been less prolific and that which has been published tends to focus on using external factors such as previous grades, finances, travel time "etc." as predictors for student success and retention. While these studies are valuable in identifying possible impacting factors, many of these factors are out of the control of university academics. In this study an attempt is made to examine the transition experience from a more student-centred approach, by identifying a student profile at the transition stage on entry to undergraduate science that is based on a conceptualisation of learning. It uses this profile to identity potential areas for academics to build upon student strengths and expectations of university study with the aim of highlighting opportunities to ease the transition period for both students and academics and to ultimately improve student integration and performance. (Contains 8 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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