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Peer transition programs: Run by students for students

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Abstract


  • This presentation will highlight the ‘nuts and bolts’ of peer transition

    programs that have been underway for some time at two universities. James

    Cook University first offered Kickstart in 1998 with an underlying philosophy

    of allowing experienced student mentors to design, develop and facilitate a

    short course that introduces first year students to the culture and environment

    of university life. The University of Newcastle developed Uni-start in 2006

    along the same lines, and both institutions have continued to evaluate and

    refine their respective transition programs. Participants at this session will

    hear how the two institutions have collaborated, how these types of programs

    could be initiated in other universities and they will hear first-hand from some

    of the student facilitators and participants in the programs. The session will

    also briefly touch on the literature of peer involvement in the first year

    transition process as well as discuss the challenges of institutional

    implementation.

Authors


  •   O'Shea, Sarah Elizabeth.
  •   Vincent, Michelle (external author)
  •   Calder, Alan (external author)
  •   Hanley, Peter (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • O'Shea, S., Vincent, M., Calder, A. & Hanley, P. (2009). Peer transition programs: Run by students for students. In J. Thomas (Eds.), 12th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference (pp. 1-3). Brisbane, Australia: QUT Publications.

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Abstract


  • This presentation will highlight the ‘nuts and bolts’ of peer transition

    programs that have been underway for some time at two universities. James

    Cook University first offered Kickstart in 1998 with an underlying philosophy

    of allowing experienced student mentors to design, develop and facilitate a

    short course that introduces first year students to the culture and environment

    of university life. The University of Newcastle developed Uni-start in 2006

    along the same lines, and both institutions have continued to evaluate and

    refine their respective transition programs. Participants at this session will

    hear how the two institutions have collaborated, how these types of programs

    could be initiated in other universities and they will hear first-hand from some

    of the student facilitators and participants in the programs. The session will

    also briefly touch on the literature of peer involvement in the first year

    transition process as well as discuss the challenges of institutional

    implementation.

Authors


  •   O'Shea, Sarah Elizabeth.
  •   Vincent, Michelle (external author)
  •   Calder, Alan (external author)
  •   Hanley, Peter (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • O'Shea, S., Vincent, M., Calder, A. & Hanley, P. (2009). Peer transition programs: Run by students for students. In J. Thomas (Eds.), 12th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference (pp. 1-3). Brisbane, Australia: QUT Publications.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2450&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1451

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