The interrelationships between student approaches to learning and group work

Beccaria, Lisa, Kek, Megan Y. C. A. , Huijser, Henk, Rose, Jayln and Kimmins, Lindy (2014) The interrelationships between student approaches to learning and group work. Nurse Education Today, 34 (7). pp. 1094-1103. ISSN 0260-6917

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Abstract

Background and Aim: - As part of the process of nursing students becoming ‘work ready’ within future health care teams, students need the skills to work collaboratively. In higher education, establishing group work assignments is a teaching method to develop group work skills. Not only is group work an important teaching method to develop effective group work skills but it is also used to activate deep learning. However, to date, there has been a lack of research on the impact of group work on student approaches to learning. This study aimed to examine the interrelationships between students, group work characteristics, and their approaches to learning.
Design and Participants: - A survey design was used, before and after a targeted academic skills development intervention, which had a specific focus on the development of group work skills. The sample involved first year undergraduate nursing students undertaking a Bachelor of Nursing programme at a regional university in Australia. A total of 92 students completed the pre-survey, and 102 students completed the post-survey.
Method: - Data were collected using quantitative surveys.
Results: - Metacognitive awareness was found to best predict a deep approach to learning. Young age and experiencing discomfort in group work were two predictors of a surface approach to learning.
Conclusion: - Findings indicate that nurse educators should develop strategies that support students' metacognitive awareness in relation to group work, and also support those students who feel less comfortable in working with others.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Nursing education, Group work, First-year experience, Student approaches to learning
Field of Research: 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Research Collaboration Area: Education
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2015 00:22
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2015 00:22
URI: http://eprints.batchelor.edu.au/id/eprint/407

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