Abstracts of articles from the Journal of the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition about the SYE
- Bulger, S. M., Lindauer, J. R., & Jacobson, B. (2007). Infusion of a professional development curricular strand across an undergraduate program, 19(2), 87-110.
The senior-year experience represents a critical period as students prepare to make the transition from their familiar academic surroundings to post-college life. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of a professional development curricular strand that has been infused across an undergraduate curriculum. This curricular strand was designed to facilitate student transition to post-college life, provide regular opportunities for self-reflection regarding professional readiness, and help integrate and bring successful closure to the undergraduate experience. Fifty-three students, who enrolled in courses infused with professional development content, responded to a survey and participated in focus groups designed to elicit their feedback about the content's effectiveness. Resulting data were analyzed to identify emergent themes. The participants considered the professional development content to be a valuable component of the required coursework, and the related teaching-learning activities contributed to their readiness for professional transition, self-reflection, and closure regarding the undergraduate experience.
- Pistilli, M. D., Taub, D. J., & Bennett, D. E. (2003). Development of the senior concerns survey: An exploratory factor analysis. 15(1), 39-52.
The researchers created an instrument, the Senior Concerns Survey SCS) and administered it to 100 seniors at a large, public midwestern research institution. An exploratory factor analysis revealed four areas of concern for college seniors: (a) Career Related Concerns, (b) Change and Loss Related Concerns, (c) Graduate/Professional School Related Concerns, and (d) Support Related Concerns
- Taub, D. J., Servaty-Seib, H. L., & Cousins, C. (2006). On the brink of transition: The concerns of college seniors. 18(2), 111-132.
Using a revised, more parsimonious version of the Senior Concern Survey (Pistilli, Taub, & Bennett, 2003), differences in the concerns of college seniors living in campus residence halls (N = 166) were explored. Significant differences were found based on gender, race, postgraduation plans, and major. Results indicated that concerns in the senior year go beyond those related to career. Implications for practice in higher education are discussed.
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