Draw Your Story: Exploring adaptation experiences of first-year students at the Institute of Teacher Education Malaysia

Tengku Norhani Tengku Besar


The transition from school to the institute of higher learning is a challenging phase that requires students to adapt to new environments and cultures.  This study aims to explore the experiences of first-year students at the Institute of Teacher Education by using storytelling through drawing. This study involved 18 students pursuing the Bachelor of Education Preparatory Programme at the Institute of Teacher Education in Malaysia. Storytelling through drawing results was analysed using thematic analysis. Findings showed that the first-year students at the Institute of Teacher Education have difficulties adapting in four main themes; academic, social, personal and interest. The findings of this study are expected to contribute towards the formation and development of appropriate interventions to assist the well-being of first-year students at the Institute of Teacher Education, Malaysia, in adapting to the new environment.



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