In Australia and South Africa, as in many other states, an important aspect of higher education policy entails initiatives to broaden participation among under-represented student groups. In response, universities have developed pathways to higher education that aim to attract, prepare and retain students from increasingly diverse backgrounds. In order to do this, it is important to develop an informed understanding of how these students experience university. Student voices in transition: the experiences of pathways students explores how previously under-represented students perceive university and learn to successfully adapt.
Student voices in transition reports the voices of students who entered university through access pathways at Monash University in Australia and South Africa. It provides an insight into why these students sought university qualifications, how they adjusted to university study, the challenges they faced and the rewards they experienced. It identifies the issues faced by commencing university students, particularly those who have past experiences of modest academic achievement, and what the transition to university actually involves, regardless of how it is reported by experts, lecturers or institutions.
Student voices in transition is aimed at school teachers, university lecturers, university administrators and policy makers who will encounter modern students struggling to cope with competing demands, as well as students themselves and their families, who will become better informed about the challenges of transition to university and what to expect.
Introduction: The value in hearing student voices
Chapter 1 The Student Voices Project
Chapter 2 The Diploma of Tertiary Studies (DoTS) pathway
Chapter 3 The Monash South Africa Foundation Programme (MSAFP)
Chapter 4 Commencing university
Chapter 5 Adjustment
Chapter 6 Independent learning
Chapter 7 Study
Chapter 8 Home
Chapter 9 The balancing act
Chapter 10 Departing: The benefits of pathways and university study
Chapter 11 Findings and final observations
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