My PhD research

Exploring the first year of university on Facebook: how student experiences inform a transition curriculum

thesis wordle

  • This study focuses on the experience of Australian school leavers during their first year of university to propose a model for a learner centred transition curriculum.
  • Theorises and methodologises the use of social network sites as data collection tools.
  • Examines the experiences of first year students as recorded on Facebook
  • Explores the variation of student focus across the first year in Higher Education to determine a set of themes that could frame a transition curriculum.
  • Considers the participants’ integration into the university lifestyle using three indicators to make suggestions for when transition success could be monitored and evaluated:
    • self efficacy
    • autonomous learning
    • social integration
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