Engaging first year students: a collaborative approach implemented in a first year nursing course

Lawrence, Jill (2006) Engaging first year students: a collaborative approach implemented in a first year nursing course. In: 9th Pacific Rim Conference - First Year in Higher Education: Engaging Students, 12-14 Jul 2006, Gold Coast, Australia.


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Higher education is increasingly pre-occupied with issues relating to student engagement. While a
growing body of literature links student engagement with university transition and retention, other
strands reveal students' growing disengagement with university culture. The issues are largely
expressed through political and empirical debates but lack theoretical perspectives capable of
providing understandings of the processes involved in student engagement. This paper reconceptualises
the processes of engagement and applies the understandings gained to a first year
nursing course conducted at the University of Southern Queensland. The approach incorporates
collaborations with other stake holders in the first year experience. It also priorities three critical
practices or 'skills of engagement' that students can integrate to facilitate their engagement with
mainstream university culture. The paper additionally documents the findings of a pilot study, as
well as other evaluative data, investigating the effectiveness of the approach. The results are
encouraging revealing benefits such as improved student engagement with university and
discipline processes.

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Refereed: Yes
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Mass Communication
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:32
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: Higher education, first year experience, student engagement
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/983

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