Creating a transitional space for new students through pre-induction social networking


Ribchester, Chris, Wakefield, Kelly and Miller, Gill (2012) Creating a transitional space for new students through pre-induction social networking. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 36, (3), 455-467. (doi:10.1080/03098265.2011.641172).

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Research has highlighted the importance of social integration and a sense of belonging for facilitating an effective transition into higher education. This paper reports a case study of entrants to two geography-related undergraduate programmes who were given the opportunity to use bespoke social networking sites in the three weeks before formal university induction. The findings highlight the role of social computing in encouraging familiarity with peers, tutors, place of study and the university academic experience. It is shown that social networks can act as an effective transitional space by bringing together aspects of the familiar and unfamiliar.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0309-8265 (print)
1466-1845 (electronic)
Keywords: social networking, pre-induction, transition, retention, geography
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Faculty of Health Sciences
ePrint ID: 345574
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2012 10:14
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 20:27
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/345574

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