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'Cutting Rough Diamonds' The Transition Experiences of First Generation Students in HE

Hope, Julia (2017) 'Cutting Rough Diamonds' The Transition Experiences of First Generation Students in HE. In: Kyndt, Eva and Donche, Vincent and Trigwell, Keith and Lindblom-Ylanne, Sari, eds. Higher Education Transitions: Theory and research. New Perspectives on Learning and Instruction . Taylor & Francis. ISBN 978-1-138-67089-1. E-ISBN 978-1-315-61736-7.

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Abstract

The ‘rough diamonds’, or ‘valuable gems’ in this chapter are first generation students at an English Higher Education Institution. The study, on which this chapter draws, tracked students as they negotiated their entry to a satellite university campus called, ‘The Centre’. The study analysed their experience of moving into and taking up a university place, looking at how they engaged, in their first semester with undergraduate study. The focus of the research was their experiences of becoming a student at The Centre and their transition to/and at The Centre. The students' experience of this transition demonstrates a complex interplay between the processes of becoming, being and achieving as a higher education student, forming their own cultural and social identity. Whilst the transitions and adjustments vary between individuals, all students experience some level of challenge in their first semester. Financial, motivational, social and emotional issues can all affect academic success (Pritchard & Wilson 2003).

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: English HE, 16- 19 undergraduates, identity
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Faculties > University wide - Teaching/Research Groups > Centre for the Study of Higher Education
Depositing User: Julia Hope
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2016 11:29 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 18:09 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/58456 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Hope, Julia: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4019-0174
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