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Student Induction: A Critical Appraisal of Civil Engineering Undergraduates’ Perceptions of the Transition to Tertiary Education

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Eadie, Robert and Millar, Phillip (2011) Student Induction: A Critical Appraisal of Civil Engineering Undergraduates’ Perceptions of the Transition to Tertiary Education. CEBE Transactions, 8 (1). pp. 60-73. [Journal article]

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Abstract

University induction programmes have been suggested as a means of increasing retentionand easing student transition to higher academic study and the broader universityexperience. This paper evaluates different elements of an induction programme for CivilEngineering undergraduates, in particular, focusing on a week of planned activities designed to promote student engagement and an early professional approach to study and personal development. A description and rationale for the activities are presented alongside an analysis of student perceptions and feedback on elements of the induction programme.Construction and testing of model bridges proved the most popular activity followed bypresentations from professional representatives of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Sitevisits to a highway scheme and wastewater treatment works ranked third. Feedbackindicates that most students were satisfied or very satisfied with induction activities and thatplanning and resources invested in an induction process produces early studentengagement. A series of generic conclusions are offered which may be of help in developing induction programmes elsewhere.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Induction, Student Experience, Student Support
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > School of the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Built Environment Research Institute
Built Environment Research Institute > Centre for Sustainable Technologies (CST)
ID Code:20323
Deposited By:Dr Robert Eadie
Deposited On:25 Oct 2011 15:37
Last Modified:25 Oct 2011 15:37

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