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Transitions and turning points: How first in female students story their transition to university and student identity formation

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Abstract


  • The purpose of this article is to explore how one group of students reflect upon their transition into the higher education environment. This qualitative research project followed one group of female undergraduate students as they moved through the first year of study. All of the participants were the first in their family to consider further education and each participated in four semi-structured interviews over one year. Drawing on the conceptual lens of ‘turning points’, the intent is to provide a ‘close-up’ analysis of the complex process of identity formation within the university landscape. By revisiting the students at various points over time, richly descriptive detail about what this undertaking means for those involved can be presented and the significance of these turning points explored in terms of their wider political implications.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • O'Shea, S. (2014). Transitions and turning points: How first in female students story their transition to university and student identity formation. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 27 (2), 135-158.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84891341783

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1639&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/640

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Number Of Pages


  • 23

Start Page


  • 135

End Page


  • 158

Volume


  • 27

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • The purpose of this article is to explore how one group of students reflect upon their transition into the higher education environment. This qualitative research project followed one group of female undergraduate students as they moved through the first year of study. All of the participants were the first in their family to consider further education and each participated in four semi-structured interviews over one year. Drawing on the conceptual lens of ‘turning points’, the intent is to provide a ‘close-up’ analysis of the complex process of identity formation within the university landscape. By revisiting the students at various points over time, richly descriptive detail about what this undertaking means for those involved can be presented and the significance of these turning points explored in terms of their wider political implications.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • O'Shea, S. (2014). Transitions and turning points: How first in female students story their transition to university and student identity formation. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 27 (2), 135-158.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84891341783

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1639&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/640

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 23

Start Page


  • 135

End Page


  • 158

Volume


  • 27

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom