Perceptions of first-year university students on first-year on-campus seminar at METU-NCC


Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Education, Department of Educational Sciences, Turkey

Approval Date: 2013

Thesis Language: English

Student: Emine Kutlu

Supervisor: HANİFE AKAR

Abstract:

This thesis study investigated the perceptions of first-year students who enrolled in GPC 100 First-Year On-Campus Seminar (GPC 100) course offered at Middle East Technical University-Northern Cyprus Campus. The purpose of this study was to evaluate first-year students’ overall interest and their perceptions with regard to the objectives, content and implementation of the course. A survey design was utilized, and an online survey questionnaire including both closed-ended and open-ended items was administered to all the first-year students who enrolled in GPC 100 course in January 2011. The survey was completed by 255 students. The findings yielded that the majority of the students were interested in the course. The study also revealed that GPC 100 course was successful in achieving its goals related to introducing the campus and academic programs; yet, it was weak in assisting first-year students’ adjustment to the university. In addition, the study revealed that topics on academic programs and issues were found to be useful by students; but, subjects’ perceptions on the content revealed that they did not get enough benefit from topics related to health issues as wellness and addictions. The students suggested that more emphasis should be given on topics related to undergraduate programs. Moreover, the study revealed that the students were satisfied with discussion and seminar related instructional strategies. Furthermore, the study revealed that the subjects were pleased with having peer mentors during the course, and the experiences of peer guides had helped them get to know the campus and adapt academic and social life at university. Additionally, the study yielded no statistically significant differences between groups – except for one – in regard to students’ interest toward GPC 100 course and their perceptions of content and implementation of the course.