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Becoming a student of English: students experiences of transition into the first year.
  This study explored the transition to university as experienced by first-year students of English studies. The first year has been identified by existing research as a critical time for new students in terms of their persistence and success on their degree programme. However, there is a need for further research in the current UK higher education climate, especially within subject disciplines. Attempts to account for successful transition have investigated students’ social integration, the institutional environment, and theories of approaches to learning. In particular, the study drew on research into academic socialisation and academic literacies to examine students’ accounts of joining first year and their development of student identities. While describing anxieties and concerns about adjusting to the new practices and discourses of English literature at university level, students’ identification with their chosen subject appeared closely implicated in their engagement with university study and their academic identity formation. The study adopted a phenomenographic methodology suited to suggesting interpretative narratives of the experiences of small groups of participants.

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    29 January 2016

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    LB2300 Higher Education

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    378 Higher education


Alder, E. (2016). Becoming a student of English: students experiences of transition into the first year. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 1-19.



Academic literacies; English literature; first year; identity;transition;

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