Supporting resilience in first year of university: Curriculum, consideration and cooperation

  • Susi Woolf Charles Darwin University
  • Birut Zemits Charles Darwin University
  • Amanda Janssen Charles Darwin University
  • Scott Knight Charles Darwin University
Keywords: first year, university, resilience, support, curriculum, student, international, external, Indigenous

Abstract

The diversity of people accessing university and the variety of modes to deliver learning requires innovative ways to support students. Resilience has been identified as being important to help overcome difficulties students often face as they adapt to their new academic cultural environment. To enhance resilience in undergraduates requires considered strategies. These include clear curriculum support and cooperation across various sectors of a tertiary organisation. Resilience supports are distinctive for regional institutions that have large external and international student enrolments. This research identifies effective supports developing resilience for all students, especially non-traditional students, as they transition through what is often a turbulent first year of study. It examines how students and staff perceive strategies for developing resilient learning. This study is informed by surveys and a focus group with students from multiple disciplines alongside reflective responses based on lecturer experiences. The authors conclude that adversity experienced by many students in first year can be prepared for, and adjusted to, by the conscious inclusion of content focussing on resilience or ‘how to bounce back from difficulties’ in curricular materials underpinned by effective support structures within a university.

Author Biographies

Susi Woolf, Charles Darwin University
Lecturer School of Academic Language and Learning Faculty of Law, Education, Business and Arts
Birut Zemits, Charles Darwin University
Lecturer
Amanda Janssen, Charles Darwin University
Theme Leader Academic Language and Learning Success Program School of Academic Language and Learning Faculty of Law, Education, Business and Arts
Scott Knight, Charles Darwin University
Lecturer School of Academic Language and Learning Faculty of Law, Education, Business and Arts
Published
2019-10-19
How to Cite
Woolf, S., Zemits, B., Janssen, A., & Knight, S. (2019). Supporting resilience in first year of university: Curriculum, consideration and cooperation. Journal of Academic Language and Learning, 13(1), A108-A123. Retrieved from https://journal.aall.org.au/index.php/jall/article/view/505
Section
Research Articles