Exploring the complexities of student transitions in to and through geography degree programmes
August 29 @ 8:00 am – September 1 @ 5:00 pm
Exact timing to be confirmed
Convenors: Sonja Rewhorn (The Open University; firstname.lastname@example.org) Vicky Johnson (The Open University; email@example.com)
We know student transitions into and through university can be complex, both academically and socially. It is widely accepted that transition programmes into university support student retention in geography. It is also documented that summer/between levels bridging programmes supports student retention (Habley et al., 2004). Watson Swail in 2014 highlighted that only having transition into the equivalent of first year undergraduate of higher education was meaningless as students need support moving through university levels. With Othman Aljohani (2016) noting that students may withdraw going into their final year due to ‘students’ academic abilities and their level of motivation and educational commitment were the most frequently reported reasons for withdrawal’ (p. 44). Pauline Kneale (2015) reminds us that if we support the students’ academic well-being this goes towards supporting their mental well-being, which supports retention. We are also aware that family, caring, health and work commitments can impact students moving into final year undergraduate. This session seeks to invite discussion about the transition into and through university for the progression of geography students. Papers are welcome on any aspect of transition.
Please email paper abstracts of 250 words to Sonja Rewhorn and Vicky Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com) by the 17th March for consideration for this session.