Institute for Learning Sciences & Teacher Education

Renewing first year curriculum for social sciences and humanities in the context of discipline threshold standards

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


  • 2013-2015