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

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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.

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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), pp. 455-467. (doi:10.1080/03098265.2011.641172).

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Published date: 23 January 2012
Keywords: social networking, pre-induction, transition, retention, geography
Organisations: Faculty of Health Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 345574
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/345574
ISSN: 0309-8265
PURE UUID: a971e55d-3535-4252-a04a-155597efb75d

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Date deposited: 26 Nov 2012 10:14
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:08

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Author: Chris Ribchester
Author: Kelly Wakefield
Author: Gill Miller

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