Title

International Postgraduate transition via expectations: Interactions with quality, outcomes and diversity in the devolved system

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Faculty

Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

School

School of Psychology and Social Science

RAS ID

4881

Comments

Guilfoyle, A., & Thair, A. (2006). International postgraduate transition via expectations: Interactions with quality, outcomes and diversity in the devolved system. AUQF 2006, 83.

Abstract

There are many interlaced and disadvantageous factors associated with poor transition of International Postgraduates (IP) students (Guilfoyle, 2004). In the present analysis we identify a central gateway for poor transition – student expectations. Unnecessary gaps between students’ expectations of the study experiences and their perceived reality function to increase poor transition. It is important to chart critical sites where the provision of accurate and meaningful information to students can work to reduce expectation versus reality gaps; and provide a solid foundation for successful transition. By identifying such sites, institutions are better placed to intervene in ways that align IP expectations and reality thus minimising poor transition.

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