This is one of the articles that have been written by a number of authors as Kerri-Lee Krause, Robyn llartley, Richard James and Craig Mclnnis. The article is a report that represents an historic time in the studies that concern the experience of the first year students in the Australian higher education system. The article exemplifies a number of factors that are experienced by the students who gets to the institutions of higher education the Austrian learning centers. This article is directed to these students who are already at the institutions of higher learning and also those who are to join these institutions (Krause et. al, 2005).
The authors argue that there are several experiences that students undergo when they join the institutions of higher learning. To find this information, the authors have involved a number of research methods as issuing of questionnaires and carrying out surveys on a number of students. They assert that many students go to these institutions with high expectations to achieve much. With time, these attitudes are pound to change.
First year students have been known to remain with their interests and expectations that they will get in from the university studies they are to pursue. The research on the first year's experience on a decade is as essentially aimed at making policies and strategies that will guide the government in managing the first years. The article is well documented ad is comprehensive. It explores into various ideas that are interesting, thus making it nice to read. It is because of this that the book has assisted me to learn of the experiences that are met by the first years over the past ten years in the Australian institutions of higher learning (Krause et. al, 2005).
Russell, J. et. al, (2009). The international student experience: three styles of adaptation. Springer science-business media.
This article has been authored by three authors: Jean Russell, Doreen Rosenthal and Garry Thomson. The book is mainly directed to the different universities in the world over their provision of support to international-studying students. The article is about a research that was done on a number of students in order to determine their nature of adaptation to different environments when they get to international learning institutions.
The article therefore emphasizes on three approaches that act to heighten the quality of the article. To exemplify on the nature of these approaches, the authors have insisted on a focus that was done on an individual. The study was based on the patterns of well-being of the individual. The analysis that was used was that of a cluster. Twenty one responses were focused on, with the results being focused on three patterns of behavior. These patterns are positive and connected which gave a result of 58%, the unconnected and stresses which gave a result of 34.4% and finally the distressed and risk-taking which gave a result of 6.7% (Russell et. al, 2009).
The article has been well articulated and analyzed. It is comprehensive in nature and is straight to the point. Moreover, it has made use of number of factors that has assisted it to bring out the message in a clear and concise way. It has therefore assisted me to have a clear understanding of the nature of experiences that students undergo when in international universities, and how the administration can be of help to their scholarly problems.
Krause, K. L. and Coates, H. (2008). Student's engagement in first-year University. Brisbane: Griffin university press.
This article is by two authors: Kerri-lee Krause and Hamish Coates. The book is directed to the campus-based Australian students during their experience in the first year of learning. The authors have made use of data that was collected from a national study. It therefore exemplifies seven dimensions of engagement with the university study and the environment, and the dynamics of the distribution of these ideas among all the first years in the institution (Krause and Coates, 2008).
The article has underpinned that education is all about students defining and thereby having a construction of their own knowledge. This is based on some research which was done on a number of university students who were in their first year of study. The article relays that learning is a product of a number of things as the institutions themselves and the nature of the staff. These are some of the conditions that influence student learning. Moreover, the article has taken more consideration of the kinds of engagements that students find themselves in. It says that it is not the academic factors alone that contribute to learning, but there are some social factors that are of use (Krause and Coates, 2008).
The article is well articulated. Moreover, it is comprehensive to a learner who has a prior-knowledge of what is taking place in the learning institutions. However, the article has dwelled much on particular academic issues leaving alone some social concerns of the students. The article has therefore been of good assistance to me, as I learn of the nature of engagement and learning that takes place in the Australian learning institutions.
McKenzie, K. and Schweitzer, R. (2001). Who Succeeds at University? Factors predicting academic performance in first year Australian university students. Queensland University of Technology press.
This article is authored by McKenzie and Schweitzer. The article is directed at the students who are joining institutions of higher learning as the universities. To exemplify on this, the authors have dwelled on a survey that was carried out at the Australian university students. A questionnaire was issued and results gathered and analyzed. This was mainly to ascertain the academic performance in these institutions, besides their daily-life engagements.
The aim of the article is to carry out an investigation on the various kinds of successes that students of the Australian universities are undergoing. These successes are those of the academic, psychological, cognitive, demographic and physical successes. To recognize on the diverse needs of students, there are a range of factors that have to be put under consideration. The article articulates that there are various methodologies and models that can be used to ascertain the problems that students undergo. These problems have been seen to contribute to the nature of performance that the students will finally get at the end of the university study.
Moreover, the article has focused on the predictors of the university performance. The authors of the article have articulated that there are various factors that act as predictors of the academic excellence of the university students. It reiterates two contentions as the core determinants. One of the factors is the performance of the previous exams. The other is the integration of the university and the responsibilities that are collectively done by the various university organs (McKenzie and Schweitzer, 2001).
The article is one of the best I have ever read. It is very comprehensive and easy to understand. One of the qualities that are very clear in the article is the simplicity of the language that has been engaged. The article has therefore assisted me to come to a firm understanding of the predictors of the university student performance (McKenzie and Schweitzer, 2001).