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Exploring the first-year experience in a diverse population: using participatory action research to explore strategies to support student transition into fasttrack undergraduate degree programs

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Rickard, G ORCID: 0000-0003-3896-3323, Bramble, M ORCID: 0000-0001-6552-1171, Maxwell, H ORCID: 0000-0003-0610-4698, Einboden, R ORCID: 0000-0002-9541-899X, Farrington, S ORCID: 0000-0003-0072-2057, Say, R ORCID: 0000-0002-8586-9703, Beh, C-L, Stankiewcz, G, Campbell, C ORCID: 0000-0002-4704-5877 and Yeh, CM ORCID: 0000-0001-6030-0185 2018 , 'Exploring the first-year experience in a diverse population: using participatory action research to explore strategies to support student transition into fasttrack undergraduate degree programs' , Student Success, vol. 9, no. 4 , pp. 41-51 , doi: 10.5204/ssj.v9i4.653.

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Abstract

As the cohort of students in Australian universities become increasingly diverse, attention to ensuringtheir success is an emerging issue of social justice in tertiary education. Navigating transitions throughthe student journey is crucial to their success. Exploring and responding to the needs of a cohort of firstyear students is the focus of this research. Using a participatory action approach, this project aimed todiscover what is meaningful for first-year students, by exploring how students experienced the processesof admission, enrolment, commencement, and learning and teaching in two fast-track and one onlinehealth degrees. Nine students were partnered with nine academics for a six-month period. The analysisoffers insights into equity issues in relation to the institution’s admission processes, the quality of supportand engagement from academics to students when transitioning to university life, and how students findtheir ‘place’. Strategies to support the transition process for first-year students are identified anddiscussed.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Rickard, G and Bramble, M and Maxwell, H and Einboden, R and Farrington, S and Say, R and Beh, C-L and Stankiewcz, G and Campbell, C and Yeh, CM
Keywords: first year experience, student engagement, diversity, fast track
Journal or Publication Title: Student Success
Publisher: Queensland University of Technology
ISSN: 2205-0795
DOI / ID Number: 10.5204/ssj.v9i4.653
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Copyright 2018 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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