The role of first-year experience excursion in promoting social integration at university: Student teachers’ views

South African Journal of Childhood Education

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Title The role of first-year experience excursion in promoting social integration at university: Student teachers’ views
Creator Arends, Delia Petersen, Nadine F.
Subject — Educational excursion; Social integration; Liminality; First Year Experience —
Description Background: The Faculty of Education at the University of Johannesburg, like many other universities worldwide, has a strong focus on first-year experience programmes to promote student academic and social enculturation.Aim: In this article, we report on students’ views of the role of an education excursion as cohesive device. We were particularly interested in how students establish social relationships with peers, and the values they attribute to these connections over time for their incorporation into university.Setting: The education excursion consists of a specially designed curriculum in the two day programme, off campus, as an extension of the initial first year seminar.Methods: Using methods associated with longitudinal studies, we collected data via a biographical survey and questionnaire for first years, followed by dyadic interviews with a purposive sample of students 30 months later. Qualitative content analysis led to several findings.Results: First-year data reveal that students face many challenges to their integration and that the excursion helps them traverse their individual racial, cultural and religious and language differences. Third years communicate the lasting effects of the excursion on their social and academic integration into university.Conclusion: The authors conclude that the excursion has long-term value for students’ social integration into the university environment and for bridging the gap between the university lecturers and the students.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor Soth African National Research Fund
Date 2018-11-19
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip application/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajce.v8i1.543
Source South African Journal of Childhood Education; Vol 8, No 1 (2018); 9 pages 2223-7682 2223-7674
Language eng
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Rights Copyright (c) 2018 Delia Arends, Nadine F. Petersen