The interrelationships between student approaches to learning and group work

Beccaria, Lisa and Kek, Megan and Huijser, Henk and Rose, Jayln and Kimmins, Lindy (2014) The interrelationships between student approaches to learning and group work. Nurse Education Today, 34 (7). pp. 1094-1103. ISSN 0260-6917

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Background and Aim: As part of the process of nursing students becoming 'work ready' within future health care teams, students need the skills to work collaboratively. In higher education, establishing group work assignments is a teaching method to develop group work skills. Not only is group work an important teaching method to develop effective group work skills but it is also used to activate deep learning. However, to date, there has been a lack of research on the impact of group work on student approaches to learning. This study aimed to examine the interrelationships between students, group work characteristics, and their approaches to learning.

Design and Participants: A survey design was used, before and after a targeted academic skills development intervention, which had a specific focus on the development of group work skills. The sample involved first year undergraduate nursing students undertaking a Bachelor of Nursing programme at a regional university in Australia. A total of 92 students completed the pre-survey, and 102 students completed the post-survey.

Method: Data were collected using quantitative surveys.

Results: Metacognitive awareness was found to best predict a deep approach to learning. Young age and experiencing discomfort in group work were two predictors of a surface approach to learning.

Conclusion: Findings indicate that nurse educators should develop strategies that support students' metacognitive awareness in relation to group work, and also support those students who feel less comfortable in working with others.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
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Additional Information: © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. Open access journal under Creative Commons License. You are free to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format under the following terms: - Attribution: You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. - You may not use the material for commercial purposes - If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery
Date Deposited: 27 May 2014 02:34
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2016 04:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: nursing education; group work; first-year experience; student approaches to learning
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939902 Education and Training Theory and Methodology
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2014.02.006

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