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ERIC Number: EJ893205
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1560
Helping Out or Hanging Out: The Features of Involvement and How It Relates to University Adjustment
Tieu, Thanh-Thanh; Pancer, S. Mark; Pratt, Michael W.; Wintre, Maxine Gallander; Birnie-Lefcovitch, Shelly; Polivy, Janet; Adams, Gerald
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning, v60 n3 p343-355 Sep 2010
This study examined the nature of students' out-of-class involvements with a view to identifying the kinds of involvement that are most conducive to positive adjustment to university. Students from five Canadian universities completed questionnaires in November of their first-year at university assessing the quality of their out-of-class involvements and the extent to which such activities were structured (i.e., supervised, performed regularly, had a goal or purpose). Measures of adjustment to university were administered in November and March of their first-year. Results indicated that the amount of structure present in out-of-class activities was positively related to university adjustment. Activity quality was found to mediate the relationship between activity structure and university adjustment; it seems that activities that are highly structured are related to more positive outcomes because they tend to provide participants with a high-quality experience. Results are discussed in terms of the transition to university, and first-year transition intervention programs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada