Galligan, Linda and Loch, Birgit and Lawrence, Jill (2010) Building academic numeracy in a first year nursing course using an evaluative model of program development. In: ICME 11: Adult Mathematics Education, 6-13 Jul 2008, Monterrey, Mexico.
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Numeracy is a key attribute in nursing. At USQ, a large regional university in Australia, numeracy has been embedded in a course in the first semester nursing program. This chapter identifies the numeracy needs of these nursing students and outlines the model of learning improvement, based on that of Keimig, chosen to target the students' learning within a course. It also describes the method of evaluation and development guiding each of the course design, delivery, and improvement stages. These include both quantitative and qualitative strategies designed to investigate students' and staffs' reflections on curriculum design and assessment. These data collection strategies enabled the design team to incorporate a number of features specifically designed to engage and empower student nurses' numeracy skills in the delivery stage. The program conclusions in the first stage revealed the need for a number of improvements, including more targeted testing and increased flexibility. Three cycles have now been concluded with improvements continuously made as the stages evolve. This chapter includes examples of our evaluation data and it suggests that our approach assists students develop numeracy nursing attributes and allows the design team to respond quickly and effectively to students' needs.
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|Uncontrolled Keywords:||nursing; numeracy; university; tertiary education; program evaluation|
|Fields of Research (FOR2008):||13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy|
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
|Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008):||C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development|
|Deposited On:||19 May 2011 17:08|
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