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Investigating the transition into third level science – identifying a student profile

Lovatt, James orcid logoORCID: 0000-0001-7360-5834 and Finlayson, Odilla orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-5975-7388 (2012) Investigating the transition into third level science – identifying a student profile. Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 14 (1). pp. 62-72. ISSN 1756-1108

Research into student transition to and experience of first-year undergraduate study has been ongoing for many years. The corresponding research within the discipline of science has been less prolific and that which has been published tends to focus on using external factors such as previous grades, finances, travel time etc. as predictors for student success and retention. While these studies are valuable in identifying possible impacting factors, many of these factors are out of the control of university academics. In this study an attempt is made to examine the transition experience from a more student-centred approach, by identifying a student profile at the transition stage on entry to undergraduate science that is based on a conceptualisation of learning. It uses this profile to identity potential areas for academics to build upon student strengths and expectations of university study with the aim of highlighting opportunities to ease the transition period for both students and academics and to ultimately improve student integration and performance.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Chemistry Education; Science Education; Transition Student Profile; Undergraduate Science; Preparedness; Expectations
Subjects:Physical Sciences > Chemistry
Social Sciences > Education
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Institute of Education > School of STEM Education, Innovation, & Global Studies
Research Institutes and Centres > Center for the Advancement of Science Teaching and Learning (CASTeL)
Publisher:Royal Society of Chemistry
Official URL:https://doi.org/10.1039/C2RP20107K
Copyright Information:© 2012 Royal Society of Chemistry
ID Code:28734
Deposited On:19 Jul 2023 09:31 by James Lovatt . Last Modified 19 Jul 2023 09:31

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