Transition - the importance of the first year experience (FYE) to success at university is well documented and the transition into university is regarded as crucial.
Elnagar, H., Perry, L.G., & O'Steen, B. (2011). Preparing people to make a difference: Transferable lessons from a first-year student leadership development program in New Zealand : a practice report. International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, 2(1) p.56-62.
Fisher, R., Cavanagh, J., & Bowles, A. (2009). Assisting transition to university: using assessment as a formative learning tool. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 36(2), 225-237. doi: 10.1080/02602930903308241
Gale, T. & Parker, S. (2011). Good practice report: Student transition into higher education. Australian Learning and Teaching Council Limited.
Kennedy, G., Judd, T., Churchward, A., Gray, K., Krause, K. (2008). First year students' experiences with technology: Are they really digital natives? Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 24(1), 108-122.
Kift, S. (2009). A transition pedagogy for first year curriculum design and renewal. In FYE Curriculum Design Symposium 2009, Brisbane. Retrieved March 4, 2009, from http://www.fyecd2009.qut.edu.au/resources/PRE_SallyKift_5Feb09.pdf
Kift, S. (2009). A transition pedagogy : the First Year Experience Curriculum Design Symposium 2009. HERDSA News, 31(1), 1-4.
Kift, S. (2009). Articulating a transition pedagogy to scaffold and to enhance the first year student learning experience in Australian higher education: Australian Learning and Teaching Council Limited. (PDF 999KB) Please note: Project outcomes can be found at Transition Pedagogy on this website.
Kift, S., Nelson, K., & Clarke, J. (2010). Transition pedagogy: A third generation approach to FYE – A case study of policy and practice for the higher education sector. The International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, 1(1), 1-20.
Krause, K. (2006). Transition to and through the first year: Strategies to enhance the student experience. Keynote presented at Inaugural Vice-Chancellor's Learning and Teaching Colloquium 2006. University of the Sunshine Coast, QLD, 31 May 2006.
Leese, M. (2010). Bridging the gap: supporting student transitions into higher education. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 34(2), 239-251. doi: 10.1080/03098771003695494
Maher, M. & Macallister, H. (2013). Retention and attrition of students in higher education: Challenges in modern times to what works. Higher Education Studies, 3(2), 62-73.
Nelson, Karen J., Kift, Sally M., & Creagh, Tracy (2007) Implementing a blueprint for transition success. In Regenerate, Engage, Experiment : 10th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference, 4-6 July, 2007, Brisbane, Australia.
Nelson, Karen J., Kift, Sally M., & Clarke, John A. (2008) Expectations and realities for first year students at an Australian university. In 11th Pacific Rim Conference on the First Year in Higher Education : First Year in Higher Education Conference 2008 : an apple for the learner : celebrating the first year experience, 30 June - 2 July, 2008, Hobart, Tasmania.
Nelson, Karen J., Smith, Judith E., & Clarke, John A. (2011). Enhancing the transition of commencing students into university : an institution-wide approach. Higher Education Research and Development, 31(2), 185-199.
Richardson, A., King, S., Garrett, R., & Wrench, A. (2012). Thriving or just surviving? exploring student strategies for a smoother transition to university. A practice report. The International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, 3(2), 87-93.
Whittaker, R. (2008). Quality enhancement themes: The first year experience. Transition to and during the first year. Retrieved from http://www.enhancementthemes.ac.uk/docs/publications/transition-to-and-during-the-first-year.pdf?sfvrsn=20
Yau, H. K., Sun, H., & Lai Fong Cheng, A. (2012). An empirical study on gender differences in the perception of support during transition to university. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 37(4), 443-461. doi: 10.1080/0309877x.2011.645460
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Transition to 2nd Year and beyond
Loughlin, W. A., Gregorya, S. J., Harrison, G., & Lodge, J. M. (2013). Beyond the first year experience in science: Identifying the need for a supportive learning and teaching environment for second year science students. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 21(4), 13-26.
McBurnie, J. E., Campbell, M., & West, J. M. (2012). Avoiding the second year slump: A transition framework for students progressing through university. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 20(2), 14-24.
Vanderlelie, J. J. (2013). Improving the student experience of learning and teaching in second year biochemistry: Assessment to foster a creative application of biochemical concepts. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 21(4), 46-57.
First in family
O’Shea, S. (2013). Transitions and turning points: exploring how first-in-family female students story their transition to university and student identity formation. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 1-24. doi: 10.1080/09518398.2013.771226