Pedagogy of us: a critical research study of the experiences of EAL and international nursing students

Terwijn, Ruth (2015) Pedagogy of us: a critical research study of the experiences of EAL and international nursing students. [Thesis (PhD/Research)]

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This doctoral research project explored the experiences of nine (9) Bachelor of Nursing students who were born outside Australia, and for whom, English is an additional language (EAL). It draws on data from two phases. Phase 1 of this project involved a comprehensive systematic review of available literature related to the challenges faced by undergraduate nursing students choosing to study outside their homeland. The synthesised findings of the systematic review highlighted the challenges and barriers faced by these students, as well as the strength and determination evident in these students’ responses. It served as a foundational point for Phase 2, a qualitative critical methodology using photovoice to highlight participants’ experiences through photographs. These photographs, and the ensuing thematic analysis, provided a ‘voice’ for international nursing students consistent with the aim of the project. The major themes identified were difference; gratitude; motivation; hard work and seeking help. The overall findings of Phase 1 and 2 of this project are that international nursing students experience isolation and loneliness due to a perception of being different. They work hard and often require dedicated help as a pathway to success. These findings have implications for nurse academics, clinical facilitators and universities in recognising the unique issues that these students have and for developing appropriate support responses.

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Item Type: Thesis (PhD/Research)
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Doctor of philosophy (PhD) thesis.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Nursing and Midwifery
Supervisors: Rogers, Cath; Perrin, Cheryl
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2016 06:45
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2016 03:04
Uncontrolled Keywords: nursing students; international; English as an additional language; EAL
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2003 Language Studies > 200303 English as a Second Language
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy

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