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Perceptions of the first year experience at university: Implications for choice of major area of study

Jackling Beverley, Clowes Courtney.


With a growing focus on providing effective transition for students into tertiary education, a deeper understanding of student perceptions towards university life and academic study is necessary as perceptions influence academic choice, affect learning approaches and impact on academic success and integration.

This study investigates several aspects of student perceptions of university studying using a sample of first-year students studying a business degree. Reasons for enrolling in a commerce degree are addressed together with response to the academic challenges of first-year accounting studies, academic application to study, intention to major in accounting and perceptions of the teaching/learning environment.

The results indicate that student perceptions of the university experience impacted on the success of their transition to university, however perceptions and changing perceptions of the first-year accounting course, as a compulsory unit of study in their commerce degree, did not appear to cause any change in intention to major in accounting. The findings demonstrate that there is a need to improve involvement in the range of strategies to improve the transition from school to university.

Presenters

Jackling Beverley  (Australia)
Interim Head of School
Faculty of Business and Law
Deakin University

Beverley Jackling and Courtney Clowes have research interests in accounting education and in particular interest in the first-year teaching and learning experience of students. They have introduced a range of innovations to the teaching programs for introductory accounting students. Their efforts were rewarded in 2002 with a university award for excellence in teaching and learning related to the integration of commercial computer software in the teaching of recording systems and processes.


Clowes Courtney  (Australia)
Associate Lecturer
School of Accounting and Finance
Deakin University

Beverley Jackling and Courtney Clowes have research interests in accounting education and in particular interest in the first-year teaching and learning experience of students. They have introduced a range of innovations to the teaching programs for introductory accounting students. Their efforts were rewarded in 2002 with a university award for excellence in teaching and learning related to the integration of commercial computer software in the teaching of recording systems and processes.

Keywords
  • First-year experience
  • Perceptions of university life
  • Intention to major



(Virtual Presentation, English)