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Title: Academic and Social Integration in Freshman Year
Authors: Preeya Khamcharoen
Adrienne E. Hyle
Issue Date: 26-Aug-2014
Publisher: Faculty of Liberal Arts, Prince of Songkla University
Abstract: The study explored the needs and experiences of freshman students to determine the congruence between what the institution provided for first-year students in the orientation program and what students needed to survive and succeed academically and socially in their freshman year. The theoretical framework employed as the analytical lens to understand the phenomenon was Tinto’s (1993) model of student college persistence, specially focusing on the concepts of academic and social integration. The data were collected through student focus group interviews, university staff interviews, and document review. The findings revealed that students had both academic and social needs to help them be successful in their freshman year. Regarding academic needs, they needed the knowledge about learning strategies and study skills, tutorial sessions, and assistance from the instructors. Regarding social needs, they needed friends and activities. The direct match between students’ needs and what the university provided in the orientation was that their needs were responded in terms of social needs. In terms of academic needs, what the university provided in the orientation program was beyond student needs. The conclusions were that the concepts of academic and social integration can serve as a valuable framework to understand students’ experiences and success in their freshman year, the qualitative methods were useful and study findings can be used to help improve the orientation program.
URI: http://tar.thailis.or.th/handle/123456789/878
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