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Working on Transition: stories from the sidelines

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Author: Kate Thomas, University of the West of England
Presented at the Research - Teaching in Wales 2011 Conference, 13th - 14th September 2011, Gregynog Hall, Newtown (Powys)

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Working on Transition: stories from the sidelines

  1. 1. Working on Transition:<br />stories from the sidelines<br />Research-Teaching Practice in Wales 2011 Conference<br />Greygnog Hall<br />13-14 September 2011<br />Kate Thomas<br />University of the West of England<br />
  2. 2. longitudinal, qualitative research project (March 2010-May 2011) <br />tracked student narratives of transition from a Foundation degree (Fd) at a Further Education College to an Honours year at a Higher Education Institution<br />Working on Transition<br />
  3. 3. data collection<br />
  4. 4. key themes<br />nature of transition – continuing/new<br />belonging/integration – special/normal<br />‘work-connectedness’ – focused/related<br />identity – learner/professional<br />institutional mechanisms – support/challenge<br />
  5. 5. case study 1 - Pauline<br />It was an easy transition really...I don’t feel I’ve finished one course and started another one, it’s just been a completely natural, smooth transition from my second to third year. I think that people who have come from colleges will see it very differently.<br />
  6. 6. case study 2 - Phoebe<br />It’s almost like (the college) was playing at being a university and this is actually the university and this is how it happens<br />I do feel more confident in the workplace and I’m quite happy now to go and speak to parents in the playground<br />(the tutor) still struggles with my name…it seems’ like there are obvious favourites because they’ve been here for the last two years. I don’t feel positive anymore<br />
  7. 7. case study 3 - Tom<br />College was just like doing two more years of A level studies…then the 3rd year was a big step up really.<br />It would be nice to come here and live on campus but my girlfriend lives in Swindon.<br />I felt new at the beginning…now I just feel like one of the crowd.<br />
  8. 8. case study 4 - Maria<br />The Fd was a gentler way of coming into it which is the one advantage of doing it the way we did.<br />You’re put in your place, definitely. They don’t really know anything about us but they make these assumptions. <br />I think I had to come here to understand where I fit into the creative world.<br />
  9. 9. disseminating research findings internally/externally<br />piloting an enhanced ‘transition’ programme with HE and FE<br />a structured ‘menu’ of activity underpinned by: <br />starting the conversation earlier,<br />making transition visible – ‘people like me’,<br />HE to FE - a fairer exchange.<br />putting learning into practice<br />
  10. 10. Kate Thomas<br />kate2.thomas@uwe.ac.uk<br />0117 328 1436<br />Thank you<br />

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