Please mind the gap: students’ perspectives of the transition in academic skills between A-level and degree level geography

Tate, Simon and Swords, Jon (2013) Please mind the gap: students’ perspectives of the transition in academic skills between A-level and degree level geography. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 37 (2). pp. 230-240. ISSN 0309-8265

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03098265.2012.763114

Abstract

This paper explores first-year undergraduates’ perceptions of the transition from studying geography at pre-university level to studying for a degree. This move is the largest step students make in their education, and the debate about it in the UK has been reignited due to the government’s planned changes to A-level geography. However, missing from most of this debate is an appreciation of the way in which geography students themselves perceive their transition to university. This paper begins to rectify this absence. Using student insights, we show that their main concern is acquiring the higher level skills required for university learning.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online before print.
Uncontrolled Keywords: A-level geography, transition, higher education, skills, geography
Subjects: L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Jon Swords
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2012 13:13
Last Modified: 09 May 2017 06:32
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/9255

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