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Mind the Gap! Students’ Expectations and Early Experiences of Higher Education

Smith, CR (2017) Mind the Gap! Students’ Expectations and Early Experiences of Higher Education. Innovations in Practice, 11 (1). pp. 23-28. ISSN 1757-921X

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Abstract

This paper presents outcomes of a research project which explored the correlation between Level 4 students’ expectations of what higher education might be like, and their early experiences of it. A focus group of students enrolled on different programmes in the School of Art and Design at LJMU revealed that there was generally close alignment between their expectations and experiences appertaining to the subject matter of their programme; however, disparities existed in several other areas. Some of these related to their course, such as pace of learning and personal tutoring, but most were associated with the wider higher education experience. The paper discusses these in the context of wider research on retention, and concludes with recommendations for addressing the disparities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Student expectations; Student experience; Retention; Student belonging; Student transition; Creative arts; First year experience
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Humanities and Social Science
Publisher: Liverpool John Moores University
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2017 11:19
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2017 17:35
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6691

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