Learning and Teaching Investment Fund 2013

Project Title

First things First: Transition and Transformation of the student cohort experience, in the creative disciplines.

Project Leader

Terry Johal and Bronwyn Clarke

Project Team

Ruth Moeller

Project Summary

This project aims to address the challenges faced by students from creative disciplines struggling to transition into higher education, and in particular their programs. The project will develop a Transition Pedagogy Toolkit (TPT) for Program Directors and first-year course coordinators to use to address the problems faced by students from creative disciplines. The TPT will do two things; firstly, provide a framework (with checklists and maps) to help Program Directors and first-year course coordinators scaffold and plan for transition, and secondly, a series of modules of activities to build literacies, competencies, knowledge and skill to support the student transition that can be embedded into the curriculum. This project builds on the research on transition, such as the Belonging Project, and addresses it directly at the level of the student as an individual, as a member of a peer-group, and as a member of a creative disciplinary area.

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