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Introduction of a short writing task to measure and develop academic literacy in first year health undergraduates

Sacre, Sandra M., Nash, Robyn E., Derrington, Kathryn, Rowe, Jillian L., Walsh, Anne, Worringham, Charles J., Fleming, Mary-Lou, & Kaighin, Jennifer (2009) Introduction of a short writing task to measure and develop academic literacy in first year health undergraduates. In Saw (Chair), Sor Heo (Ed.) Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference of Teaching and Learning: Achieving Educational Excellence through Student Centred Approach, INTI University College , Kuching, Malaysia , pp. 1-8.

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Abstract

This paper describes an initiative in the Faculty of Health at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia, where a short writing task was introduced to first year undergraduates in four courses including Public Health, Nursing, Social Work and Human Services, and Human Movement Studies. Over 1,000 students were involved in the trial. The task was assessed using an adaptation of the MASUS Procedure (Measuring the Academic Skills of University Students) (Webb & Bonanno, 1994). Feedback to the students including MASUS scores then enabled students to be directed to developmental workshops targeting their academic literacy needs. Students who achieved below the benchmark score were required to attend academic writing workshops in order to obtain the same summative 10% that was obtained by those who had achieved above the benchmark score. The trial was very informative, in terms of determining task appropriateness and timing, student feedback, student use of support, and student perceptions of the task and follow-up workshops. What we learned from the trial will be presented with a view to further refinement of this initiative.

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ID Code: 29535
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: Academic Literacy, Diagnostic Writing Task, Health Undergraduates, First Year University, Academic Writing , HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Chancellery
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Technology, Information and Learning Support
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Past > Schools > Social Work & Human Services
Copyright Owner: INTI University College
Deposited On: 27 Jan 2010 13:30
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:03

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