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Notions of belonging : First year, first semester higher education students enrolled on business or economics degree programmes

Kane, S, Chalcraft, D and Volpe, G 2014, 'Notions of belonging : First year, first semester higher education students enrolled on business or economics degree programmes' , The International Journal of Management Education, 12 (2) , pp. 193-201.

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Abstract

This article reports on students’ sense of belonging in higher education in the first semester of the first year. The main aim of this study is to measure students’ sense of belonging in the context of the university environment across three London universities. Goodenow’s (1993) Psychological Sense of School Membership instrument was utilised to collect quantitative data. Analysis of the data suggests that most students do seem to develop a sense of belonging by week 7 of semester one, but a significant minority (10-15%) of students in each institution do not. This report concludes that these students are more likely to have some issues settling in and feeling that they are accepted in the university environment. Unfortunately, experiencing a lack of social integration is a factor that encourages students to leave education. These students may require support if they are to gain a strong sense of belonging to their institution. It is also apparent that active participation in curricular activity is strongly correlated with a higher sense of belonging.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School
Journal or Publication Title: The International Journal of Management Education
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1472-8117
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: S Kane
Date Deposited: 09 May 2014 15:28
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2015 23:04
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/31801

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