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Stepping up to the Second Year at University

Academic, psychological and social dimensions, 1st Edition

Edited by Clare Milsom, Martyn Stewart, Mantz Yorke, Elena Zaitseva


138 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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Programmes in higher education tend to focus attention on the student’s first year (because of concerns about student transition and retention) and on their final year (because of student exiting for their future careers). The middle year(s) of programmes receive relatively little attention which can often lead to a slump in student development at a crucial point in their studies. Stepping up to the Second Year at University provides practical advice that can be implemented by staff throughout higher education institutions. Rather than providing a set of prescriptions to be slavishly implemented, it prompts practitioners to think constructively about curriculum design and delivery, and about maximising student potential within the context of their particular institution. Amongst the questions asked in this book are:

    • In what way do students’ perceptions of their experience shift as they progress through the first two years of study?
    • How do psychological factors bear on student engagement and performance in the second year?
    • What in the second-year curriculum might need greater attention?
    • How can the analysis of institutional data help?

This book, builds on critiques existing international research on the mid-years experience and also features evidence from a significant new research project from Liverpool John Moores University, provides a number of starting points for institutions’ enhancement activities as they seek to make the experience of their students as rewarding as possible. It is a must read for institutional managers of higher academic programmes, higher education practitioners and anyone interested in the development of teaching at higher education level.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Why study the second year?

Chapter 2 Defining the second year

Chapter 3 Shifting perspectives from first to second year

Chapter 4 Psychological orientations to learning in the second year

Chapter 5 Positive curriculum design for the second year

Chapter 6 Implications for student support in the second year

Chapter 7 Maximising the use of institutional data

Chapter 8 Listening for signals in the noise, and acting on them

About the Editors

Clare Milsom is Director, Teaching and Learning Academy at LMJU.

Martyn Stewart is Senior Lecturer in Research Methods at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Mantz Yorke is a member of the Project Team at LJMU and is currently Visiting Professor in the Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University.

Elena Zaitseva is a research officer at LJMU.

About the Series

Research into Higher Education

Co-published with the Society for Research into Higher Education

This exciting new series aims to publish cutting edge research and discourse that reflects the rapidly changing world of higher education, examined in a global context. Encompassing topics of wide international relevance, the series includes every aspect of the international higher education research agenda, from strategic policy formulation and impact to pragmatic advice on best practice in the field.

For more information, or to express an interest in writing for the series, please contact Sarah Tuckwell,

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Curricula
EDUCATION / Professional Development