Navigating social integration into university on Facebook: insights from a longitudinal study


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Author: Barnes, Naomi


This article reports on the experiences of 26 first year students as they record on Facebook snapshots of their experiences navigating social integration into university. There is still a substantial gap in student transition success research conceptually framed by the understanding that first year transition is about becoming. Transition as becoming expands current conceptions of transition by situating it within the real world rather than just within university. Facebook status updates were used as data because social media are integral to the life experiences of the young people and...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Students; Participation; Technology; Research; Culture and society; Higher education

Keywords: Social media; Transition from secondary to further education and training; Student behaviour; Social aspects; Student retention; Longitudinal study

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: [Kelvin Grove, Queensland]: First Year in Higher Education Centre, 2017

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Journal volume: 8

Journal number: 1

Journal date: March 2017

Pages: pp. 1-11

ISSN: 2205-0795

Resource type: Article

Rights: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License. To view a copy of the licence visit:

Document number: TD/TNC 128.253

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