Student Induction: A Critical Appraisal of Civil Engineering Undergraduates’ Perceptions of the Transition to Tertiary Education

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Abstract

University induction programmes have been suggested as a means of increasing retentionand easing student transition to higher academic study and the broader universityexperience. This paper evaluates different elements of an induction programme for CivilEngineering undergraduates, in particular, focusing on a week of planned activities designed to promote student engagement and an early professional approach to study and personal development. A description and rationale for the activities are presented alongside an analysis of student perceptions and feedback on elements of the induction programme.Construction and testing of model bridges proved the most popular activity followed bypresentations from professional representatives of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Sitevisits to a highway scheme and wastewater treatment works ranked third. Feedbackindicates that most students were satisfied or very satisfied with induction activities and thatplanning and resources invested in an induction process produces early studentengagement. A series of generic conclusions are offered which may be of help in developing induction programmes elsewhere.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-73
JournalCEBE Transactions
Volume8
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 17 Oct 2011

Keywords

  • Induction
  • Student Experience
  • Student Support

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