Supporting international students' transition from pathway programmes: a study of the University of Glasgow

Fischbacher-Smith, M., MacVicar, A., McEwan, M. , Cheng, M., Dendrinos, P., Adekola, J. , Pringle Barnes, G., Kerr, J. and Milner, M. (2015) Supporting international students' transition from pathway programmes: a study of the University of Glasgow. In: International Enhancement Themes Conference: Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education, Glasgow, Scotland, 11-13 Jun 2013,

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Abstract

Studies show that international students go through a series of academic, cultural and linguistic adjustments during their study abroad (Andrade, 2006; Coates and Dickinson, 2012; Wang, 2012). Our research explored these aspects of transition from a pathway programme to the second year of undergraduate study in the University of Glasgow’s College of Social Sciences drawing on focus group study with 80 international students who were studying at, or had previously studied at, Glasgow International College (GIC) before progressing on to University of Glasgow study. We explored their experience of transition, coping strategies for study and life, and information seeking behaviours, as well as their perceptions of the roles of social media and peer mentoring in enhancing transition support. This paper reflects on these issues and sets out how we are responding. In sharing our approach to transition support, we hope to provide practical, evidence-based suggestions for others.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Pringle Barnes, Dr Gayle and McEwan, Dr Michael and Fischbacher-Smith, Professor Moira and Adekola, Dr Josephine and Dendrinos, Mr Panos and Milner, Mrs Margaret and Kerr, Mr John and MacVicar, Mrs Anna and Cheng, Dr Ming
Authors: Fischbacher-Smith, M., MacVicar, A., McEwan, M., Cheng, M., Dendrinos, P., Adekola, J., Pringle Barnes, G., Kerr, J., and Milner, M.
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Accounting and Finance
University Services > Learning and Teaching Services Division

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