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

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posted on 03.11.2016 by Allie Ford, Paula Todd, Damian Gleeson, Ian Rossiter, Myles Strous, Sebastian Borutta, Penny Presta, Cameron Fuller, Kerry Bedford, Sarah Jansen, Barbara Yazbeck, Lynette Pretorius
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.

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