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ERIC Number: EJ908200
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0313-5373
First-Year Transition in Teacher Education: The Pod Experience
Masters, Jennifer; Donnison, Sharn
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, v35 n2 p87-98 Mar 2010
Research on student retention and transition in higher education has been an ongoing focus since the 1950s and during the past decade research into this area has gathered momentum as institutions of higher education increasingly recognise the economic and social costs of failing to retain and transition future graduates. Measures to improve transition and retention rates have generally focused on developing strategies to engage students in their studies and tertiary discourses by providing institutional, academic and/or social support. In this paper we discuss "Pods" as an effective and innovative approach to transitioning first-year pre-service teacher education students in regional Victoria. This paper argues that students' sense of connectedness is greatly enhanced through the grouping of students into Pods in order to promote social and academic engagement and a sense of belonging. (Contains 2 figures.)
Edith Cowan University. Bradford Street, Mount Lawley, West Australia 6050, Australia. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia