Call for Chapters: Coping Mechanisms for First Year Students Transitioning to Higher Education


Peter Aloka, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Robert Kananga Mukuna, University of Free State, South Africa

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: August 22, 2022
Full Chapters Due: October 2, 2022
Submission Date: October 2, 2022


Transitioning from secondary to higher education is not a natural step for many first-year students in higher education institutions. There is, however, a considerable difference between being a student at school and university, and previous research has highlighted the difficulties faced by first-year university students during their transition phase. Higher education institutions and their departments acknowledge the challenges faced by new students, and they differ in their approach to coping with the issue; each seeks to find the most effective solution for its students. Moreover, the literature indicates that new students in higher education institutions face critical issues in terms of their commitment to their studies. To reduce the withdrawal rate during the first year of college, higher education providers are expected to apply transition programs to help students transition.


The book allows the author(s) to present a comprehensive account of the dynamics in higher education institutions and culture shock for new students. The book also analyzed models and theories of Adjustment of new students in higher education institutions. The book's objective is to present adjustment challenges experienced by new students and how they cope with them. The APA guideline will be adhered to in the general outline, overview, in-text, and references of each chapter.

Target Audience

This book will be of interest to scholars, doctoral students, management of higher education institutions, counselors, masters’ students, lecturers and instructors on Adjustment among first year students’ topic. The counselors and management of universities will find the book useful in developing mechanisms for adjustment for first year students.

Recommended Topics

• Culture of Higher Education Institutions and Expectations • The Concept Of Adjustment And Types For First Year Students • Models of Adjustment of First Year Students • Theories of Adjustment for First Year Students • Enabler Factors for Successful Adjustment of First Year Students • Risk Factors for Adjustment of First Year Students • Social Adjustment Challenges of First-Year Students • Academic Adjustment Challenges of First-Year Students • Cultural Adjustment Challenges of First-Year Students • Psychological Adjustment Challenges of First Year Students • Outcomes of Adjustment Among of First Year Students • Coping Mechanisms On Adjustment Challenges among First Year Students • Developing Institutional Support Systems to Improve Adjustment • Gender and Adjustment Among First Year Students • Institutional Support for First Year Students • Academic Advising for First Year Students

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before August 22, 2022, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by August 23, 2022 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines.Full chapters are expected to be submitted by October 2, 2022, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Coping Mechanisms for First Year Students Transitioning to Higher Education. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery® online submission manager.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2023.

Important Dates

August 22, 2022: Proposal Submission Deadline
August 23, 2022: Notification of Acceptance
October 2, 2022: Full Chapter Submission
November 15, 2022: Review Results Returned
December 27, 2022: Final Acceptance Notification
January 10, 2023: Final Chapter Submission


Peter Aloka University of the Witwatersrand Robert Kananga Mukuna University of Free State


Education; Social Sciences and Humanities
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