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ERIC Number: EJ1036344
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Aug
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1560
Listening to Student Voices: Student Researchers Exploring Undergraduate Experiences of University Transition
Maunder, Rachel E.; Cunliffe, Matthew; Galvin, Jessica; Mjali, Sibulele; Rogers, Jenine
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning, v66 n2 p139-152 Aug 2013
This exploratory study presents a different approach to studying transition by involving students as researchers. The aim was to investigate how students talked about their experiences of transition in university. Nineteen first and second year undergraduate psychology students participated in focus groups and semi-structured interviews, conducted by student researchers, to provide in-depth accounts of their transition experiences. Findings showed that students held internal images about university, shaped through cultural experience, which were used to form expectations and interpret experiences. Social relationships were crucial, with the formation of groups facilitating adjustment in an unfamiliar environment. Students also described how negotiating transition contributed to personal changes. The research emphasises the salience of sociocultural factors in transition, and the relationship between transition and identity. Additionally, the value of including students as researchers to provide authentic access to student voices is highlighted.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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