Engaging undergraduate nursing students in face-to-face tutorials

Elder, Ruth L. and Lewis, Peter A. and Windsor, Carol A. and Wheeler, Margaret and Forster, Elizabeth and Foster, Joanne and Chapman, Helen (2011) Engaging undergraduate nursing students in face-to-face tutorials. Nurse Education in Practice, 11 (5). pp. 314-319. ISSN 1471-5953


Chronic nursing shortages have placed increasing pressure on many nursing schools to recruit greater numbers of students with the consequence of larger class sizes. Larger class sizes have the potential to lead to student disengagement. This paper describes a case study that examined the strategies used by a group of nursing lecturers to engage students and to overcome passivity in a Bachelor of Nursing programme. A non-participant observer attended 20 tutorials to observe five academics deliver four tutorials each. Academics were interviewed both individually and as a group following the completion of all tutorial observations. All observations, field notes, interviews and focus groups were coded separately and major themes identified. From this analysis two broad categories emerged: getting students involved; and engagement as a struggle. Academics used a wide variety of techniques to interest and involve students. Additionally, academics desired an equal relationship with students. They believed that both they and the students had some power to influence the dynamics of tutorials and that neither party had ultimate power. The findings of this study serve to re-emphasise past literature which suggests that to engage students, the academics must also engage.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2017 04:25
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2017 04:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: Engagement; Involvement; Tutorials;
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390110 Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2011.02.003
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/31899

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