The early acquisition of viable knowledge: a use of recursive model as an analytical devise (methodolosocial)

Karstadt, Lyn and Thomas, Keith Robert and Abed, Shaymaa N. (2016) The early acquisition of viable knowledge: a use of recursive model as an analytical devise (methodolosocial). Nurse Education Today, 36. pp. 242-248. ISSN 0260-6917


In nurse education typically, information is presented to students within the classroom and then applied within a clinical situation. Acquisition of the knowledge required to informthe student's early practice is the focus of this
research. This paper centres upon the construction of a cognitive model that is recursive in nature, and forms an integral part of a qualitative research study. The primary study investigated how first year student nurses use the information received in the classroomto underpin their early practice. Datawere collected from 10 students and 4 of their lecturers, via blogs and interviews and used iteratively to create a model that is recursive in nature. Recursion is a process of repeatedly revisiting the same thing, in this case the data, which are considered in an
iterative or progressive way. Recursion thus facilitated the development of a model, which was seen to change and develop in sophistication as more datawere considered and evaluated. Visual devices were used throughout to bring clarity during the construction of the model. This visual process was pivotal to the analysis. This paper chronicles the development of an analytical device through themediumof the study presented. Viable knowledge is represented as the synthesis of concepts, as presented in the classroom, and practice, as experienced within the clinical area. It illustrates how conceptualmaterial delivered within the classroom has become embeddedwithin an individual student's consciousness and is used during a clinical placement tomake sense of a specific situation. The study identifies how students use information and makes recommendations as to how appropriate curricula integrate all the facets of the recursive model. The process of recursivemodelling is thus offered as an analytical devise,whichmay be applied by researchers to other qualitative data

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - No Department
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2016 03:01
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2016 05:23
Uncontrolled Keywords: acquisition; viable; knowledge; recursive model; methodolosocial
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2015.10.028

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