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Managing Transition

  • Ben McCann
  • Sharron KingEmail author
  • Ann Luzeckyj
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Education book series (BRIEFSEDUCAT)

Abstract

Transition can be defined as the process or a period of transformation from one state or condition to another. Often, in the case of arrival at university, the transformation may be unfamiliar, different or new. Students undergo feelings similar to those in other ‘life events’ such as starting a new job, moving from one country to another or losing a family member (Schaetti in Int J Qual Stud Educ 27(2):1–24, 1996). Although students experience the transition into higher education in different ways, the change from a familiar environment into an unfamiliar one represents a period of disequilibrium (Jackson in Oxford Rev Educ 29(3):331–346, 2010). As Kift (HERDSA Rev Higher Educ 2:51–86, 2015) notes, ‘making a successful transition to university is never a given. While many students adjust relatively easily, thrive and survive—many do not and consider leaving’ (p. 52).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of South AustraliaAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.Flinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia
  3. 3.University of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia

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