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Theme: Transition and Adjustment

'Pushes and Pulls':competing influences on students in their
transition from secondary to tertiary education and beyond.

Anne Ditcher
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Canterbury

Sally Hunter
Educational Research & Advisory Unit
University of Canterbury

In this paper we use case studies of four first-year university students to explore the impact of the first year experience on academic decisions in second year and beyond. We also use Mackie’s (2001) model of social, organizational, external and individual forces to examine the transition from secondary to tertiary study.

Full Paper in MS Word

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