Creating confidence: exploring the effectiveness of a pre-study resource as a 'front loading' strategy in a foundation nursing science course

McCabe, Bernadette K. and Kek, Megan and Turner, Joanna (2011) Creating confidence: exploring the effectiveness of a pre-study resource as a 'front loading' strategy in a foundation nursing science course. In: 14th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference: Design for Student Success, 29 June - 1 July 2011, Perth, Australia. (Submitted)

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Abstract

The nursing student cohort are typically characterised by diverse academic backgrounds and interest in science. In an effort to bridge the gap in science knowledge and increase student confidence, a pre-study resource was developed for a first year science foundation course of a nursing program. This paper reports on the impact that the pre-study resource as a ‘front loading’ strategy in a first year science foundation course had on nursing student confidence when used both as a pre-study tool and supplementary course resource throughout the semester. The paper also examines whether the pre-study resource specifically affects confidence levels within the student cohort viz. mature age students versus school leavers. The findings show that the pre-study resource was found to be most effective amongst mature age students when used as a pre-study tool and continued to increase student confidence across both cohorts by the end of semester. The implications in relation to course design and teaching approaches to support wider participation in higher education are discussed.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Authors retain copyright.
Depositing User: Dr Megan Kek
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2011 05:13
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 04:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: first year; front loading; nursing; science foundation; confidence levels; course design; teaching approaches; wider participation
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19579

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