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Investigating the Relationship Between Student Engagement and Transition

Vinson, Don ORCID:, Nixon, S., Walsh, B., Walker, C., Mitchell, E. and Zaitseva, E. (2010) Investigating the Relationship Between Student Engagement and Transition. Active Learning in Higher Education, 11 (2). pp. 131-143. ISSN Print: 1469-7874 Online: 1741-2625

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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.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: engagement, enjoyment, induction, transition, university preparation
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Sport and Exercise Science
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Depositing User: Don Vinson
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2015 11:14
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:07

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