Building success for all our students: enhancing the first year student experience

Gallacher, Deeba (2005) Building success for all our students: enhancing the first year student experience. In: Improving student learning: Diversity and Inclusivity. Rust, Chris, ed. The Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development . Oxford Brooks University, Oxford, UK. ISBN 1873576722. [Book Section]

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This paper focuses upon Middlesex University’s response (ISLER Project) to concerns regarding the widening participation agendas’ implication on retention. On-going
institutional research in the form of the ISLER Project (Impact of the student learning experience on retention) has been instigated, to better understand the issues that affect
our first year students, in particular academic related factors which contribute to student departure and/or persistence. Findings illustrated reasons for non-completion
often consisted of a mixture of academic related factors coupled with factors external to academic issues. Factors influential to student departure included academic
preparedness, staff/student and peer relationships, students’ concerns regarding aspects of learning and teaching. Factors that fostered persistence included institutional aspects of adopting active learning techniques, formative assessments, regular feedback, adopted techniques to make students feel a sense of belonging to the university and course, tied with personal traits of investment, self efficacy beliefs and motivation.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: 12th Improving Student Learning Conference – Inclusivity and Diversity. Birmingham, UK, 6th- 8th September 2004.
Keywords (uncontrolled): Diversity, Retention, Academic Experience, First Year Experience
Research Areas: A. > Work and Learning Research Centre
Item ID: 10632
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Depositing User: Deeba Gallacher
Date Deposited: 21 May 2013 11:28
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2022 02:22

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