Transitioning Students in Higher Education focuses on the relationship between philosophy, pedagogy and practice when designing programs, units or courses for transitioning students to new educational spaces in the university environment. The term ‘transition’ is used to describe the academic as well as social movement and acculturation of students into new higher educational spaces.

This book offers both theoretical perspectives and real-world practical examples that reveal the successes and challenges of implementing philosophically driven pedagogies with diverse transitioning cohorts. Drawing on examples from Australia, New Zealand, US and Canada, it writes through the relationship between philosophy, pedagogy and how it can effectively shape the practice of transition and develop the flourishing student. This book is split into three main sub-themes: Flourishing in Transition, Engaging Diverse Cohorts and Challenges for Educators, and sits at the intersections between philosophy and pedagogy in the practice of effectively engaging and transitioning different enabling groups.

This book will be of great interest to postgraduate students, researchers and educators working in the areas of enabling or bridging education, higher/tertiary education, distance learning, and indigenous as well as culturally diverse cohorts.

part I|2 pages

Flourishing in transition

chapter |2 pages


chapter 2|12 pages

Learning better together

chapter 3|11 pages

The Social Justice League

Philosophies of flourishing and emancipation in enabling education

chapter 4|9 pages

Transitioning to their future

Creating an environment of ‘possibilities’ for enabling students

chapter 5|9 pages

Liberation and connection

Fostering critical students as active agents of their own learning

part II|2 pages

Engaging diverse cohorts

chapter |2 pages


chapter 6|11 pages

Bridging Cultures Over-Under

A unique collaboration between two Indigenous academic enabling programs in Canada and Australia

chapter 7|11 pages

Big Ideas

Conquering stereotype threat in an Indigenous enabling course

chapter 8|8 pages

Finding the space for connection

Embedding a Pasifika philosophy into pedagogical practices

chapter 9|10 pages

Pulled by motivation, pushed by inspiration

Approaches to transitioning high school students to university

chapter 10|10 pages

Uncomfortable spaces

Philosophy, pedagogy and practice in online enabling education

chapter 11|10 pages

Manifestos, mutants and mash-ups

Punk and pedagogy in online enabling education

part III|2 pages

Challenges for educators

chapter |2 pages


chapter 14|10 pages

“We need to help students discover themselves and see into the life of things”

Advice from Open Foundation lecturers

chapter 15|10 pages

Supporting student mental wellbeing in enabling education

Practices, pedagogies and a philosophy of care