Developing academic persistence in first year tertiary students: a case study

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Huntly, Helen and Donovan, Jenny. 2009. "Developing academic persistence in first year tertiary students: a case study." Studies in Learning Evaluation Innovation and Development. 6 (1), pp. 1-14.
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Developing academic persistence in first year tertiary students: a case study

ERA Journal ID20774
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsHuntly, Helen (Author) and Donovan, Jenny (Author)
Journal TitleStudies in Learning Evaluation Innovation and Development
Journal Citation6 (1), pp. 1-14
Number of Pages14
Year2009
PublisherCentral Queensland University
Place of PublicationRockhampton, Australia
ISSN1832-2050
Web Address (URL)http://sleid.cqu.edu.au/viewarticle.php?id=242
Abstract

Teachers and researchers of undergraduate university students agree that the first year experience can have a major impact on later study participation and academic performance. Specifically, the transition to university study from school or other contexts requires that first year students demonstrate the characteristics of self-directed learners, as they enter an environment with minimal constraints and an expectation of self-motivation and individual effort. Art Costa (1991) identified several such characteristics that he terms habits of mind, suggesting that demonstration of these habits will enhance the academic success of learners. The aim of this research project was to identify teaching and learning strategies that have the potential to assist first year university students to persist at a task. Persistence is one of Costa’s habits, and is related to one of the Seven Principles of Good Practice in Undergraduate Education, recently adopted by Central Queensland University in the pursuit of enhanced teaching and learning outcomes for staff and students alike. This paper outlines the data gathered from a tutor of first year undergraduate teacher education students enrolled in a Queensland regional campus. The data presented here were gathered through a participant journal and an individual interview at the end of the term. Analysis of the data revealed that student persistence can be developed and enhanced through the use of teaching and learning strategies with a focus on explicit teacher talk, reflection on learning, shared experiences and positive feedback.

Keywordsacademic persistence; habits of mind; higher education research
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390303. Higher education
390102. Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
390409. Learning sciences
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Byline AffiliationsCentral Queensland University
University of Western Australia
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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