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Author McInnis, Craig

Title Trends in the first year experience : in Australian universities / Craig McInnis, Richard James, Robyn Hartley
Published Canberra : Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs, 2000


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Description xii, 67 pages ; 25 cm
Series Evaluations and Investigations Program report ; 00/06
Evaluations and Investigations Program report ; 00/06
Contents 1. Introduction -- 1.1 Overview -- 1.2 Summary of 'first year on campus' -- 1.3 The 1999 project: aims and design -- 1.4 The 1999 first year student population -- 1.5 Survey method -- 1.6 The 1994 and 1999 samples compared -- 1.7 The changing context -- 2. Sense of purpose and adjustment to university life -- 2.1 Reasons for enrolling -- 2.2 Sense of purpose -- 2.3 Changes in the gap between school and university: ready or not? -- 2.4 An uncertain start -- 2.5 Deferring -- 2.6 Summary -- 3. Expectations and realities: stability and change in the first year experience -- 3.1 The shock of new expectations -- 3.2 Integration and involvement -- 3.3 Workload and study habits -- 3.4 New dimensions in the student experience: the take-up and impact of new technologies -- 3.5 New technologies: expectations and realities -- 3.6 Summary -- 4. Experiencing the learning community -- 4.1 How students spend their time -- 4.2 The growing issue of students in paid employment -- 4.3 Full-time students and paid employment -- 4.4 Full-time students employed in 1999 -- 4.5 Paid work and attitudes towards university life and study, 1999 -- 4.6 Summary -- 5. Trends in perceptions of teaching and support services -- 5. Perceptions of workload -- 5.2 Perceptions of the course overall - 5.3 Use of student support services -- 5.4 Summary -- 6. Institutional responses to the issues of transition -- 6.1 Trends in teaching and learning support -- 6.2 New initiatives, new emphases -- 6.43 New planning bodies -- 6.4 Responsibility and accountability -- 6.5 Evaluation and monitoring -- 6.6 Most effective approaches -- 6.7 The insitutions -- 7. Conclusions
Summary The conjunction of the pressures arising from the expansion in student numbers, innovations in teaching and learning, and intense market competition between universities, have changed the landscape of higher education. The context for undergraduate students commencing university has been changed with increased choice and flexibility in course design and modes of delivery, and the introduction of a range of institutional strategies to improve transition from school to university. The results reported in this study provide the basis for reflecting on developments and initiatives over the last five years aimed at improving the first year experience in Australian higher education. The data now provide an exceptionally strong basis for monitoring major changes in the student experience in the future. For the first time there is baseline data on the impact of new approaches to teaching and learning on the student experience, and on the changing nature of the relationship between students and universities
Analysis Attitudes
Educational objectives
Federal issue
Higher education
Tertiary students
Notes DETYA No. 6546.HERC00A
Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs
Bibliography References: page 67
Notes Also available on the Internet at:
Commonwealth of Australia 2000
Subject College freshmen -- Australia -- Statistics.
College students -- Australia -- Statistics.
College students -- Australia -- Attitudes.
College students -- Australia.
Education, Higher -- Australia.
Education, Higher -- Australia -- Statistics.
Universities and colleges -- Australia -- Statistics.
Universities and colleges -- Australia.
Genre/Form Statistics.
Author Hartley, Robyn.
James, Richard.
Australia. Department of Education, Training, and Youth Affairs. Evaluations and Investigations Programme
LC no. 00002168
ISBN 0642448647