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ERIC Number: EJ798177
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1542-3077
Experiencing First-Year University in a Problem-Based Learning Context
Roderick, Carol; Carusetta, Ellen
Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, v18 n1 p9-27 2006
This qualitative study provides insight into the first-year university experiences of students in a problem-based learning context an area that has received little attention in the literature. Data collection consisted of one-on-one interviews with students throughout their first year and of participant observation of students in the classroom at Renaissance College at the University of New Brunswick. Major challenges for students included reconciling the discrepancy between their perceptions of the university and their actual experiences, time management, and adjusting to new grading schemes. Students' sense of support and community evolved from relationships with peers and faculty at the college and friendships developed in the larger university setting.
National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. University of South Carolina, 1728 College Street, Columbia, SC 29208. Tel: 803-777-6229; Fax: 803-777-4699; e-mail:; Web site:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A