Students' assimilation into the university community and the adoption of appropriate study behaviours: The role of effective learning communities

Year: 2012

Author: Kember, David

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Abstract:

This study examines whether a first year experience can promote the formation of effective learning communities, which in turn provide a mechanism for nurturing a range of graduate attributes. The impact of the first year experience was examined by collecting quantitative data which measured student perceptions of the effectiveness of assimilation, adaptation of study behaviour, the impact of a broadening curriculum component and the nurturing of attributes. A structural model in which the curriculum elements impacted on the development of graduate attributes showed a good fit to the data. Effective learning communities played a key role in both assimilation into the university community and the adoption of appropriate study behaviours.

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