Smoothing the ride: an exploration of students’ experiences and perceptions of the transition from a Level 3 qualification to a higher education programme (Level 4) in a further education Institution

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Roffey-Barentsen, J. 2015. Smoothing the ride: an exploration of students’ experiences and perceptions of the transition from a Level 3 qualification to a higher education programme (Level 4) in a further education Institution. Research in Teacher Education. 5 (2), pp. 12-16.
AuthorsRoffey-Barentsen, J.
Abstract

The transition from a Level 3 programme to a higher education (HE) programme
(Level 4) can be a bumpy one, which, when accompanied by significant anxieties
and worries for many students, may affect retention rates. This small-scale case
study explores the experiences and perceptions of students on their first year
of HE study in a further education institution. Reflecting on their transition, the
purpose was to identify strategies to address specific anxieties. Data collected
from 106 questionnaires and one interview identified that students feel illprepared
for the demands of HE. To overcome this it is suggested that more
information be made available before or at the beginning of a programme, by
providing opportunities to sit in on lessons, speak to students and access reading
lists. Further, the development of academic skills was considered essential for
those students who enter with more vocational qualifications.

JournalResearch in Teacher Education
Research in Teacher Education
Journal citation5 (2), pp. 12-16
ISSN2046-1240
2047-3818
Year2015
PublisherUniversity of East London, Cass School of Education and Communities
Publisher's version
License
CC BY
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.15123/PUB.4761
Web address (URL)http://www.uel.ac.uk/rite
Publication dates
PrintNov 2015
Publication process dates
Deposited28 Jan 2016
Copyright information© 2015 The author
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