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Contesting 'transitions' and (re-)engaging with 'subjectivities' : locating and celebrating the habitus in three versions of 'the first year experience' at Central Queensland University

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Instead of the homogeneous and undifferentiated view of ‘the first year experience’ implied by the term ‘transitions’, we prefer to emphasise diversity and heterogeneity in mapping multiple experiences of university life, particularly in ‘the first year’. This mapping includes – in the context of Central Queensland University (CQU) – students in a pre-undergraduate preparatory program with rich life experiences but limited formal education; school leavers and mature age students in a first year undergraduate program; and students with industry and professional experience in a pre-service teacher education program with both undergraduate and graduate entry points. Despite the considerable differences among these ‘first year experiences’, they have in common a focus on the habitus (Bourdieu, 1977, 1990) as a framework for locating and celebrating student and staff subjectivities and hence for maximising student (re-)engagements with university life. The paper illustrates these crucial processes in each of these versions of ‘the first year experience’.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Start Page

1

End Page

11

Number of Pages

11

Start Date

01/01/2003

Finish Date

01/01/2003

ISBN-10

1741070287

Location

Brisbane, Qld.

Publisher

Queensland University of Technology

Place of Publication

Brisbane, Qld.

Additional Rights

CC-BY-ND-NC

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

External Author Affiliations

Division of Distance and Learning Services; Faculty of Education and Creative Arts; Faculty of Informatics and Communication;

Era Eligible

No

Name of Conference

Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference

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