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ERIC Number: EJ1043525
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0307-5079
Measuring the Beginning: A Quantitative Study of the Transition to Higher Education
Brooman, Simon; Darwent, Sue
Studies in Higher Education, v39 n9 p1523-1541 2014
This quantitative study measures change in certain factors known to influence success of first-year students during the transition to higher education: self-efficacy, autonomous learning and social integration. A social integration scale was developed with three subscales: "sense of belonging", "relationship with staff" and "old friends". Students responded to this and existing scales measuring self-efficacy and autonomous learning, before and after participating in transition activities including a group-work poster project. The authors discuss positive outcomes regarding a sense of belonging and how the authors' expectations in other areas such as self-efficacy were not met. The importance of early contact with academic staff and small-group work is confirmed. Tinto's assertions on pre-existing relationships are challenged. The authors suggest that further investigation might prevent a "scattergun" approach to transition based upon superficial understanding of outcomes. They discuss potential models for transition design and support a "longer" process with several opportunities for student engagement in success factor development.
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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 - Assessments and Surveys: Self Efficacy Scale
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