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ERIC Number: EJ973615
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0309-8265
Creating a Transitional Space for New Students through Pre-Induction Social Networking
Ribchester, Chris; Wakefield, Kelly; Miller, Gill
Journal of Geography in Higher Education, v36 n3 p455-467 2012
Research has highlighted the importance of social integration and a sense of belonging for facilitating an effective transition into higher education. This paper reports a case study of entrants to two geography-related undergraduate programmes who were given the opportunity to use bespoke social networking sites in the three weeks before formal university induction. The findings highlight the role of social computing in encouraging familiarity with peers, tutors, place of study and the university academic experience. It is shown that social networks can act as an effective transitional space by bringing together aspects of the familiar and unfamiliar. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom