Building perceived self-efficacy in new tertiary healthcare students by teaching transferable skills: The Transition 2 University (T2U) Program

Allie Ford, Paula Todd, Damian Gleeson, Ian Rossiter, Myles Strous, Sebastian Borutta, Penny Presta, Cameron Fuller, Kerry Bedford, Sarah Jansen, Barbara Yazbeck, Lynette Pretorius

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New university students not only need to learn a wide range of skills, but also have to gain the belief that they can succeed (perceived self-efficacy). This paper describes the evaluation of a transition program designed to teach transferable skills at the beginning of university study. Importantly, we show that this program improved students’ perceived self-efficacy during university transition through the provision of authentic mastery experiences and social persuasion. We also show that the improved perceived self-efficacy of program participants persisted until at least the end of the first semester of study. Finally, we demonstrate that participants felt the transition program improved their overall transition experience.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Students, Transitions, Achievement, Retention and Success Conference
Subtitle of host publicationMelbourne, Vic, Australia; 1-4 July 2015
Place of PublicationFairfield Gardens QLD Australia
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventStudents, Transitions, Achievement, Retention and Success Conference 2015 - Crowne Conference Centre, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 1 Jul 20154 Jul 2015


ConferenceStudents, Transitions, Achievement, Retention and Success Conference 2015
Abbreviated titleSTARS 2015
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