The first year experience: approaches to enhancement

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Parmar, D. 2008. The first year experience: approaches to enhancement. SEDA Educational Developments. 9 (1), pp. 24-26.
TypeArticle
TitleThe first year experience: approaches to enhancement
AuthorsParmar, D.
Abstract

Research and innovations to enhance the first year
experience (FYE) are by no means new phenomena. Work in
this area appears to be increasing rather than decreasing,
with the Higher Education Academy funded projects (Yorke
and Longden, 2007), Scottish enhancement themes
(currently including the first year experience) (QAA Scotland,
2007), CETLs and various institutional-based enhancements
all focusing efforts into better understanding and improving
the student experience. Considerable attention has been
given to student retention, progression and achievement,
widening participation initiatives and the influence of
funding in institutional, national and international research
over the last decade. What have we learned, what aspects
do we need to find out about and, more importantly, how
do we adopt these at a practical level? This article focuses
upon this last question by looking at some of the practical
ways in which institutions are attempting to improve their
first year students’ experience within higher education.

KeywordsFirst Year Experience, Student Retention
Research GroupWork and Learning Research Centre
PublisherSEDA
JournalSEDA Educational Developments
ISSN1469-3267
Publication dates
PrintFeb 2008
Publication process dates
Deposited21 May 2013
Output statusPublished
Web address (URL)http://www.seda.ac.uk/resources/files/publications_12_eddev9_1.pdf
LanguageEnglish
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