Paying attention to students’ psychological strain could improve outcomes. The College Transition Collaborative studies interventions that reduce ‘psychological friction’.
By Tara García Mathewson | June 10, 2016

Freshman year is a tough time for students, especially those who are navigating an unknown world as first-generation students and those who are underrepresented minorities. Many students struggle with feelings that they don’t belong. And it contributes to their failure.  Read More →

The successful transition of students into higher education is now generally regarded as a longer, more complex process than ‘induction’. This has received some criticism (Longden 2006) but has also been found to be beneficial in, for example, the case of institutions recognised as performing well in the retention of students from lower socio-economic groups (Yorke and Thomas 2003). We have found it useful to define our terms so that ‘induction’ (‘first-contact’ during week one) forms part of the overall ‘transition’ strategy, which we see as the longer process of acclimatisation during the first year. Read More →

CEL (Centre for Education and Learning) Innovation Room #2: A symposium in which two renowned researchers shared their views on study success. Presentations of Jeroen van Merriënboer and Jonas Forsman See at the end of the article under attachments. Research based on Self Determination Theory shows a relationship between low intrinsic motivation and high drop-out (e.g., Vallerand et al., 1997). Fortunately, instructional design may affect intrinsic motivation (Martens & Kirschner, 2006). Three concepts are important: Competence, relatedness and autonomy of the student (Ryan&Deci, 2000). Read More →

Hogeschool van Amsterdam. Symposium Sturen op studiesucces
Opleiding Sociaal Pedagogische Hulpverlening

Zowel in 2009/2010 en 2010/2011 zijn er studiekeuzegesprekken gevoerd met alle studenten die voor het eerst SPH gingen studeren. Het ging per jaar om ongeveer 350 studenten. Gesprekken waren eerder reflecterend dan selecterend bedoeld, maar het heeft er toch toe geleid dat ongeveer 10% van de aanmelders niet aan de opleiding begonnen is. Een meeting halverwege vorig jaar liet zien dat er  sprake was van een lichte verbetering van het studierendement en een daling van het uitvalspercentage. Read More →