ERIC Number: EJ721309
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Reference Count: 33
Cultivation or Coddling? University Teachers' Views on Student Integration
Lahteenoja, Susanna; Pirttila-Backman, Anna-Maija
Studies in Higher Education, v30 n6 p641-661 Dec 2005
Integration of new students into the university has been widely studied from both psychological and academic perspectives. Much less, if anything, is heard from the other party in the integration process--the teachers. At the heart of this study is the voice of university teachers. Staff from 12 departments in three faculties (n = 52) in one university were invited to discuss student integration in focus groups. Their views on integration ranged from integration being beneficial, appropriate and unavoidable to being unnecessary and even harmful. The disparities in views pertain to a number of factors, many of them beyond the departments' control.
Descriptors: College Students, Higher Education, Academic Persistence, Student Adjustment, School Orientation, Social Integration, Teacher Attitudes, Focus Groups, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland (Helsinki)