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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

A-Z of Transitions

ISBN 9781137528261
Publication Date December 2016
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Professional Keywords

Looking for a comprehensive one-stop resource on transitions across the life course? Then look no further.

This concise reference book unpacks the far-reaching topic of transitions, delivered in an accessible A-Z format that allows the reader quick and easy access to information relevant to whichever stage in the life course they are concerned with.

Providing an examination of each multidimensional transition, the book also brings a strong focus to the role of practitioners in preparing individuals for, and supporting them through, the transition process – whether it be a normative life transition, such as starting school, or something unexpected and distressing, like the sudden death of a loved one.

With explicit 'Implications for Practice' points, a wealth of guidance on further reading and comprehensive cross-referencing throughout, the book is an essential resource for students and practitioners exploring the subject area from a vast array of disciplines – from social work and nursing to teaching, counselling and beyond.

Divya Jindal-Snape is Professor of Education, Inclusion and Life Transitions in the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Dundee, UK. She is also Director of the Transformative Change: Educational and Life Transitions (TCELT) Research Centre.

A ABCs (Affect, Behaviour and Cognition) of acculturation
Additional Support Needs (ASN)
Adaptation (see ABCs of acculturation in the context of pedagogical and cultural adaptation)
Autonomy (see Self-determination Theory)
B Belonging (see Group Identification)
Border Crossing
Big Fish Little Pond Effect (BFLPE)
C Case studies
Communication (see Collaboration, Parental Participation, Transition Partnerships, Voice)
Conceptualisation (see Transition, Educational Transition, Life Transition, Border crossing, Rite of Passage, Multiple and Multi-dimensional Transitions, Educational and Life Transitions)
Coping skills (see Resilience)
Creative approaches
Cultural adaptation (see ABCs (Affective, Behaviour and Cognitive) of acculturation)
Culture shock (see ABCs (Affective, Behaviour and Cognitive) of acculturation)
D Diagnosis (see Health transitions)
Dip in Attainment
E Ecological Systems Theory
Educational Transitions
Educational and Life Transitions (ELT) model
Emotional intelligence
Employment transitions
Expectancy-Value-Cost Theory
Expectations and Reality- F Familiarisation
G Games based approaches
Group identification
Groupwork- H Health Transitions
Holistic approach (see MMT; ELT)
Horror stories (see Expectations and Gaps)
Home-Nursery/Day Care Transitions
Hospitalisation (see Health transitions)
I Identity
Information packs (see Familiarisation)
Information sharing (see Collaboration)
Interactionist approach (see Readiness)
International students' transitions to higher education
Interrupted education (see Hospitalisation)
J Job coach (see Employment)- K Key worker (see Special Educational Need, Transition meetings)
L Language used
Life Transitions
Life Course Theory
Longitudinal studies
M Migration (International transitions) of children
Maturational approach (see Readiness)
Motivation (see Dip in attainment, Expectancy-Value-Cost Theory, Self-determination)
Multiple and Multi-dimensional Transitions (MMT) Theory- N Nicholson's Theory of Work Role Transitions
Nursery Primary School Transitions
O Offending and reintegration
Ongoing process
One-off event (see Ongoing process)
Opportunities for secure attachment (see Attachment)- P Parental Involvement/Parental Participation
Pedagogical adaptation (see ABCs (Affective, Behaviour and Cognitive) of acculturation)
Person-centred Planning
Portfolios (see Virtual backpack)
Post-school Transitions
Primary to Secondary School Transitions
R Readiness
Retirement (see Employment)
Rites of Passage
S Self-determination Theory
Social Network Analysis
Special educational needs
Stage-Environment Fit theory
Strategies (See Voice, Induction, Familiarisation, Parental Participation)
Successful transitions
Supported employment (see Employment)
T Transfer
Transition meetings (see Special Educational Needs)
Transition partnership (see Collaboration)
Transition plans (see Employment, Special Education Needs, Transition Planning and Preparation)
Transition Planning and Preparation- V Virtual Backpack Approach
Voice- W Wellbeing


Because of its A to Z format, this book will be very appealing to students, scholars and practitioners in multiple disciplines, as well as policy makers interested in designing better policies related to transitional phases across the life span.' – Professor Jacquelynne Eccles, Distinguished Professor of Education, University of California Irvine, USA
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