Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development > Vol. 6, No. 1 (2009)

Catching them is one thing, keeping them is something else. Reflections on teaching first year university students

Shalene Werth, USQ
Kim Southey, USQ
Bernadette Lynch, USQ


This paper documents teaching practices that have been identified, by the teaching team, as improving student success rates in a first year tertiary level compulsory subject. Constructivism, scaffolding, social presence and reflective practice are the key concepts which have proved to be successful in transitioning students in this subject to university study. Outcomes have consisted of goal achievement by individual students, increased student retention and success rates.

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