Becoming a Successful First Year Undergraduate: When Expectations and Reality Collide

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Title Becoming a Successful First Year Undergraduate: When Expectations and Reality Collide
Author McPhail, Ruth Elizabeth; Fisher, Ron James; McConachie, Jeanne Alice
Publication Title 12th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference 2009
Editor Karen Nelson
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Brisbane, Australia
Publisher QUT Publications
Abstract The purpose of this paper is to explore how expectations of university life, examined through a tertiary studies session, can be better aligned with the reality of tertiary studies so as to increase successful transition for commencing students entering university from secondary school. Qualitative survey data were collected and analysed using the Wilcoxon Signed Rank Test. The results of the study showed that students had similar expectations before the tertiary study session; however these did not match reality. The contrast was mainly in perceptions concerning independent learning and the differences between the learning experiences of school and university. Having completed the tertiary studies session the students altered their expectations. The findings of this study will assist in addressing retention of first year students and provide an innovative program for aligning expectations.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.fyhe.qut.edu.au/
Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2009. The attached file is posted here with permission of the copyright owners for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted. For information about this conference please refer to the publisher's website or contact the authors.
ISBN 9781741072822
Conference name 12th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference (FYHE2009)
Location Townsville, Australia
Date From 2009-06-29
Date To 2009-07-01
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/31840
Date Accessioned 2010-02-23
Date Available 2010-08-05T07:16:10Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute For Tourism
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Education
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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