Exploring digital support for the student transition to university through questionable concepts

Thomas, Lisa, Vines, John and Briggs, Pamela (2021) Exploring digital support for the student transition to university through questionable concepts. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing. ISSN 1617-4909 (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00779-021-01570-z

Abstract

New students face challenges when they make the transition from school to university. Existing digital technologies used during this transition can sometimes increase the stressors associated with change. In order to explore ways forward for technology design in this space, we developed a brochure of questionable concepts. The concepts were grounded in findings of our prior research, yet were also intended to act as provocations to promote discussion in workshops involving 32 first year university students. Our analysis of workshop discussions documents the diverse issues students face around social bonding, their home environment, and their academic performance. Our findings challenge assumptions made in prior work about the ease of transition to university. We demonstrate how questionable concepts can play an important role in prompting ‘safe’ conversations around stressful life events for adolescents.

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Additional Information: Funding information: This work was supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, UK (EP/L004062/1). We would like to thank Ben Morrison and Finola Kerrigan for their help as facilitators in our workshops. Data availability statement: Due to the sensitive nature of this research, participants did not agree for their data to be shared publicly, so supporting data is not available. Change history: 04 August 2021A Correction to this paper has been published: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00779-021-01601-9
Uncontrolled Keywords: Life transitions, University students, Questionable concepts
Subjects: C800 Psychology
G400 Computer Science
W200 Design studies
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
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Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2021 11:41
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2021 14:43
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/45984

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