Understanding student transition to university: the expectations of essay writing for students and staff

McEwan, M. P. (2015) Understanding student transition to university: the expectations of essay writing for students and staff. In: International Enhancement Themes Conference: Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education, Glasgow, Scotland, 11-13 Jun 2015,

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Abstract

This paper outlines findings of a survey which aimed to identify and understand the expectations that first year university students, including a significant proportion of international students with diverse backgrounds, and their teachers have towards essay production during their acculturation to HE study. In particular, the paper focuses on examining the differing approaches that 37 students and 14 teachers on a first year business course take when interpreting essay questions. The findings are directly relevant to university teachers of students in transition to HE. This work can be used to better understand why the essay you are marking might look the way it does and this understanding can be used to develop more effective, targeted student (and staff) support so that student assessments are more likely to match the expectations of their teachers, thus enhancing teaching and the student learning experience.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McEwan, Dr Michael
Authors: McEwan, M. P.
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
College/School:University Services > Learning and Teaching Services Division

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