Lecturers teaching into the first year are not only introducing their students to studying at university, but they are also introducing them to the study of their discipline.  This OLT funded project asked the question “If we want students to reach threshold learning outcomes by the time they graduate, what do we need them to learn in first year?” This led to the follow up questions of “What barriers or bottlenecks might there be to them learning those skills and concepts?” and “What strategies should we use to help them develop these skills and capabilities?”  Research on transition pedagogy, threshold concepts and decoding the disciplines was combined with research on standards and learning outcomes to inform the project outcomes.


Australian Office of Learning and Teaching Grant, 2013-2015





November 17, 2016

Research Status


Research Partners

Theda Thomas, Australian Catholic University (Project Leader)

Pamela Allen, University of Tasmania

Jennifer Clark, University of New England (now at University of Adelaide)

Bronwyn Cole, University of Western Sydney

Adrian Jones, Latrobe University

Jill Lawrence, University of Southern Queensland

Lynette Sheridan Burns, University of Western Sydney

Joy Wallace, Charles Sturt University

Julie Wilmot, Australian Catholic University (Project Officer)



Get in touch

Cathedral House
Level 4, 229 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane, Qld, 4000
(GPO Box 2587, Brisbane, Qld, 4001)

Connect with us

Chat to our team via social media.