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Difficulties and support in the transition to higher education for non-traditional students

Gill, Ashley J.G. (2021) Difficulties and support in the transition to higher education for non-traditional students. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 26 (4). pp. 410-441. ISSN 1359-6748

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This paper explores the difficulties and support experienced by non-traditional students during their first-year transition to a sport and exercise course at a post-1992 university. The transition to HE presents simultaneous educational, ecological and developmental changes for students and their capability to navigate changes may affect experience, satisfaction and engagement with courses. Sixteen students were interviewed twice during their first academic year. Findings indicate that students feel anxious about the transition period, with low self-efficacy surrounding their academic potential, despite still being optimistic about their learning. Social factors positively impact their progression, especially the support from peers. Relationships with both staff and peers support transition, with an effective induction praised. Student support services were praised as supportive by students. Difficulties were experienced regarding work-loading, staff availability, and a hesitancy to seek support. Recommendations are made to support post-1992 institutions’ and non-traditional entrants’ transition to Higher Education.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: “This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Research in Post-Compulsory Education on 24 November 2021, available online:"
Uncontrolled Keywords: Transition; higher education; support; difficulty; retention; widening participation
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Sport and Exercise
Depositing User: Ashley GILL
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2021 14:32
Last Modified: 21 May 2023 01:38
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