Journal article

Measures of the adjustment of mature-age, undergraduate students to university

LM Dawborn-Gundlach, K Margetts

Journal of Global Education & Research | Association of North America Higher Education International (ANAHEI) | Published : 2018

Abstract

Adjustment to the first year of university involves engaging with the university culture and developing a sense of belonging or attachment. Difficulty making the transition to university can result in students deferring or withdrawing from their courses. While mature-age students experience many of the challenges of all first-year students such as social dislocation, academic anxiety, and unrealistic expectations, they are more likely than school-leaver students to have family responsibilities and time constraints. The ability to manage competing demands on their time can affect their participation in campus-based activities and negatively impact their sense of belonging to the university. T..

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