Employing interdisciplinary collaborations to redefine academic practices in a university Nursing program

Lawrence, Jill and Loch, Birgit and Galligan, Linda (2010) Employing interdisciplinary collaborations to redefine academic practices in a university Nursing program. In: 33rd HERDSA Annual Conference: Research and Development in Higher Education: Reshaping Higher Education (HERDSA 2010), 6-9 July 2010, Melbourne, Vic., Australia.

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This paper documents how interdisciplinary collaborations between academic staff helped redefine academic practices in the first year undergraduate nursing program conducted at the University of Southern Queensland. The interdisciplinary collaborations constituted a response to the various contexts currently impacting the higher education sector in Australia. These contexts include changes in pedagogy, curriculum, assessment, academic identity, technology, research-informed learning, student and stakeholder expectations as well as the challenges of managing an increasingly diverse student body. The
interdisciplinary boundaries were crossed so that academic practices were integrated to assist student nurses to transfer the academic, literacy, numeracy, e-learning and
information technology attributes they need if they are to succeed at university and in the nursing profession. This research study used a continuous evaluative methodology to test the effectiveness of these academic practices from three perspectives: the staff, student and institutional perspectives. Overall, the evidence suggests that these interdisciplinary, embedded, situated and scaffolded academic practices enhance students’ capabilities to
make successful transitions both to the university and into the nursing profession.

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Additional Information: Copyright © 2010 Jill Lawrence, Birgit Loch and Linda Galligan. The authors assign to HERDSA and educational non-profit institutions a non-exclusive license to use this document for personal use and in courses of instruction provided that the article is used in full and this copyright statement is reproduced. The authors also grant a nonexclusive license to HERDSA to publish this document in full on the World Wide Web (prime site and mirrors) and within the portable electronic format HERDSA 2010 conference proceedings. Any other usage is prohibited without the express permission of the authors. Deposited with the permission of the authors.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - No Department
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2010 10:52
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2018 04:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: interdisciplinary practices, nursing e-portfolios, embedding key literacies; higher education research
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/8826

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