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Open Access August 20, 2022 Endnote/Zotero/Mendeley (RIS) BibTeX

Nursing Student Engagement with Their Learning: A Mixed Methods Study

Abstract Student engagement in educational activities is essential for achieving desired learning outcomes. Despite this, little is known about the engagement patterns of nursing students from diverse or disadvantaged backgrounds. A mixed method study was conducted to explore engagement patterns within and outside the classroom but not during clinical placements. Students were asked what engagement means [...] Read more.
Student engagement in educational activities is essential for achieving desired learning outcomes. Despite this, little is known about the engagement patterns of nursing students from diverse or disadvantaged backgrounds. A mixed method study was conducted to explore engagement patterns within and outside the classroom but not during clinical placements. Students were asked what engagement means to them and what influences their engagement. Students were also asked how many hours they engaged in each of their undergraduate subjects and the reasons for this. The study was conducted at an Australian education provider. All students (n = 240) enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing course were invited to participate. Lecture attendance was high at the start of the semester, fluctuated weekly and declined as the semester progressed. Students averaged between 3.5 and 4.4 hours of engagement per subject per week. They defined engagement as actually coming to class and a commitment to learning. Students were engaged by new, interesting content and disengaged by repetitive or complex content and poor tutoring. Most students want to engage but are distracted by intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Research should explore how to best assess students without the concurrent academic workload interfering with their studies.
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