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Aittola, Helena; Ursin, Jani – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
We investigated how students in Finland perceive short-cycle higher education programmes. In line with the European trend, Finland has piloted short-cycle study programmes in order to attract adult students into higher education. We found that the students were mainly satisfied with their studies, and that their orientations to studies and…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Adult Students, Higher Education, Program Descriptions
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Brouwer, Jasperina; Jansen, Ellen – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
The ability to share knowledge is an important attribute that students develop in learning communities (LCs), enabling them to succeed in their education and careers. Insufficient research addresses the development of such knowledge sharing in LCs though, including whether it aligns with students' success (i.e., grades). To address this gap, the…
Descriptors: Grades (Scholastic), Trust (Psychology), Communities of Practice, Cooperative Learning
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Neumann, Heike; Padden, Nina; McDonough, Kim – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
Past research into the relationship between English proficiency test (EPT) scores and score profiles, such as the IELTS and the TOEFL, has shown that there is not always a clear relationship between those scores and students' subsequent academic achievement. Information about students' academic self-concept (ASC) may provide additional information…
Descriptors: Foreign Students, Undergraduate Students, Language Proficiency, Scores
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Allen, Todd James – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
Writing groups have been implemented in higher education institutions in the US, UK and Australia as a means of supporting a writer's productivity (e.g., journal articles or book chapters) as well as developing their soft academic skills (e.g., collegiality). However, writing groups are seldom discussed in the Japanese context. Therefore, this…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, College Faculty, Foreign Countries, Productivity
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Herman, Chaya; Meki Kombe, Charity L. – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
International doctoral students' sojourn encompasses three transitional processes: to the new country, to the university and to a new academic identity as a researcher in a specific discipline. This article examines the role of social networks in facilitating these transitions for international doctoral students at one South African university. It…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Professional Identity, Graduate Students, Foreign Students
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Forsyth, Hannah; Evans, Jedidiah – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
Practitioners and theorists in higher education have explored authentic assessment as a mechanism to better connect student work to real-world practice. This article considers the possibilities for authentic assessment in teaching history as a discipline and professional field at university, considering how 'real-world practice' might be expanded…
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, History Instruction, Inclusion, Historical Interpretation
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Baik, Chi; Larcombe, Wendy; Brooker, Abi – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
The growing prevalence and severity of mental health difficulties across university student populations is a critical issue for universities and their wider communities. Yet little is known about student perspectives on the stressors in university environments and the steps that universities could take to better support student mental wellbeing.…
Descriptors: Well Being, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods, College Faculty
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Sagy, Ornit; Hod, Yotam; Kali, Yael – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
Instructional approaches in higher education that foster learning based on internal values are required with the enrollment of wider and more diverse audiences. The current study explores this challenge with a focus on the relationship between students' learning cultures and the way instructors' view them. We interviewed 76 students and six…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Student Attitudes, Undergraduate Students, Beliefs
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Mukhopadhyay, Kankana; Tambyah, Siok Kuan – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
This study explored the impact of a living-and-learning program (LLP) in a residential college of an Asian university on a freshmen cohort. It utilized a theoretical framework based on Astin's input-intermediate outcome-environment-outcome model. We examined survey data collected at two time points a year apart to understand how the freshmen's…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Freshmen, Academic Aspiration, Intention
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Cheng, Ying-Hsueh; Tsai, Chin-Chung; Liang, Jyh-Chong – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
The purpose of the study was to measure graduate students' academic hardiness (GSAH) and academic self-efficacy (GSASE) and to examine the relationships between the two. A total of 202 graduate students across disciplines were recruited to complete two questionnaires (GSAH and GSASE). Results of exploratory factor analyses showed that the GSAH and…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Graduate Students, Academic Achievement, Stress Management
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Tai, Joanna Hong-Meng; Bellingham, Robin; Lang, Josephine; Dawson, Phillip – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
Increasing significance has been ascribed to student engagement, as a measure of success of both teachers and programs. However, since users of the term commonly tend not to explain, rationalise or problematise their understanding of engagement, its value to understand or transform learning may be limited. While clarification has occurred in…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Student Attitudes, Blended Learning, Teacher Education Programs
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Smith, Sally; Hunter, David; Sobolewska, Emilia – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
Over a period of three years this longitudinal study explored new approaches to consider student identity during the transition from university to employment. Students were followed through a new portfolio-based final year course and beyond university into the workplace. With universities increasingly recognising the employment aspirations of…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Student Attitudes, Education Work Relationship, Adjustment (to Environment)
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O'Byrne, Ciara; Jagoe, Caroline; Lawler, Margaret – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
Dyslexia is a common specific learning difficulty. In higher education two models of disability are prevalent, 'disorder' and 'difference', which each differentially conceptualise dyslexia and the nature of supports required. A lack of research has been undertaken in Ireland regarding students' experience of dyslexia, and the move from second to…
Descriptors: Dyslexia, Foreign Countries, Student Adjustment, Undergraduate Students
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Corcelles, M.; Cano, M.; Liesa, E.; González-Ocampo, G.; Castelló, M. – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
During their doctoral studies, students undergo an emotionally and intellectually intensive process involving a wide range of positive and negative experiences. This article analyses PhD students' perceptions of the most positive and negative experiences related to doctoral study conditions. Previous researchers have primarily focused on analysing…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Doctoral Students, Student Attitudes, Student Experience
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Blaj-Ward, Lia; Winter, Kim – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
Learning and teaching on physical university campuses have been enhanced by digital technology both in formally scheduled learning and teaching events and in the less formal spaces in which the higher education experience unfolds. The digital skills and know-how with which students arrive at university will arguably develop throughout the academic…
Descriptors: Technological Literacy, Undergraduate Students, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology
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