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Investigating the relationship between student engagement and transition

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Vinson, Don; Nixon, Sarah; Walsh, Barbara; Walker, Cath; Mitchell, Elizabeth; Zaitseva, Elena

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Abstract Failure to establish meaningful and effective transition for undergraduates can lead to academic underachievement. Student engagement represents a key component of student success. This study sought to investigate the impact of a bespoke transition programme featuring a wide range of innovative, student-centred activities on enhancing students' engagement with educationally effective practices through examining student relations with others, learning and the discipline. For the study 104 undergraduates on a Sport Development course at a British university undertook a five-week transition programme. Data were collected via weekly questionnaires and focus groups at the end of weeks 1, 3 and 5. The investigation revealed that transition programmes require a high-intensity, novel and varied timetable supported by a student-centred staff team. Effective transition programmes can enhance students' engagement with educationally effective practices. Future research should investigate the longer-term impact of such programmes.
Keywords involvement; transition
Classification University Education
Free Keywords enjoyment; induction; university preparation
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 131-143
Journal Active Learning in Higher Education, 11 (2010) 2
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1469787410365658
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)