Thriving in transition

Project Information

Year Funded:2010
Grant (ex GST):$209,000
Project Status:Ongoing
Project Reference:SP10-1828
Program:Strategic Priority Projects
Project Discipline:SOCIETY AND CULTURE - Behavioural Science
Project Keywords:Student retention, Transition

Lead Institution

University of Tasmania
University of Tasmania

Partner Institutions

Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health, University Centre for Rural Health North Coast

Project Team

Dr Martin Harris (Project Leader), Associate Professor Anthony Barnett, Professor Sandra Thompson, Judy Riggs, Professor Lesley Barclay, Frances Barraclough


Low SES students are significantly more likely to be drawn from a rural background and be entering into the traditional 'first generation' pathways of health and education. This project addresses the characteristics and processes of successful transition for rural and remotely located students planning a career as a health care professional. The CI's cyclic model (Harris, 2009) identifies the recursive, disjunctive and interdependent qualities at each stage of the transition and a framework for the examination of the transition process. The focus is upon the positive rather than the negative sequels associated with transition, thus the project has adopted the term 'thriving', rather than (for example) 'coping' or 'adjusting' to transition. This project will contribute to our understanding of the pathways and trajectories appropriate for challenging circumstances; and produce guidelines and training to assist with both the nature and timing of interventions to provide students with the best opportunity to thrive.


Thriving in transition: A model for student support in the transition to Australian higher education

Martin Harris, Tony Barnett
University of Tasmania
University of Tasmania
Final report Download Document (2.76 MB)

The information on this project's page was updated 28 January, 2014.


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