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Thursday, June 23 • 11:30 - 12:20
CON06.11 - First-Year Transition to University as an Intellectual Journey

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First-Year Transition to University as an Intellectual Journey

First-year students often find it difficult to make the academic transition from high-school level study to the more demanding intellectual expectations of university. They expect that the learning experience will be different, but they do not know how it will be different, and what changes they will have to make as thinkers and learners to function well in this new environment. In this session, participants will have an opportunity to explore strategies for supporting first-year students that highlight the intellectual dimensions of transition.

Presenters will begin with an account of an educational leadership project they undertook in developing and implementing a first-year transition course with an academic focus. Participants will engage in a small-group activity involving comparative analysis of a selection of current transition courses being offered at various universities.

In the final phase of the session, the presenters will share a reflective account of the challenges they faced in cultivating a culture of support among faculty colleagues and administrators for the academic transition course initiative. Participants will be invited to discuss educational leadership opportunities they see in their own academic communities for developing new kinds of academic transition support for first-year students.


Shelagh Crooks

Dr. Shelagh Crooks is a professor Philosophy and Education at Saint Mary's University. Her scholarship is in the philosophy of education as well as teaching and learning, and she has written extensively on critical thinking pedagogy. She was named a 3M National Teaching Fellow in... Read More →

Esther Enns

Dr. Esther E. Enns is a professor of applied linguistics and intercultural education at Saint Mary’s University. As Senior Advisor, Teaching and Learning, she is responsible for various projects involving cultural change in the learning environment. In 1998 she was named a 3M Teaching... Read More →

Thursday June 23, 2016 11:30 - 12:20 EDT
UCC 67