Inside the research incubator : a case study of an intensive undergraduate research experience for nursing and midwifery students

Kain, Victoria J., Hepworth, Julie, Bogossian, Fiona E., & McTaggart, Lya (2014) Inside the research incubator : a case study of an intensive undergraduate research experience for nursing and midwifery students. Collegian, 21(3), pp. 217-223.

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Undergraduate research experiences are an increasing component of nursing and midwifery degrees. The Summer Research Scholarship Programme (SRSP) is a tertiary education initiative in Australia to provide an intensive undergraduate research experience. Between 2009 and 2010, six students and four academic faculty mentors in School of Nursing and Midwifery participated in an inaugural SRSP.

This study explores the experiences of both students and faculty mentors to determine how this undergraduate research experience impacted student learning and interest in research. A qualitative case study approach was used to explore the research experiences of undergraduate student and faculty participants in an inaugural undergraduate research programme.

Based on the results of two surveys four main themes were identified: (1) acquisition of research skills, (2) expectations, (3) academic engagement, and (4) continued interest in research.

An intensive undergraduate research experience is a valuable component of student learning that has the capacity to contribute to immediate and longer-term learning and research outcomes.

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ID Code: 63210
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Published online 04 June 2013
Keywords: undergraduate research experience, nursing , midwifery, baccalaureate education, nursing education
DOI: 10.1016/j.colegn.2013.04.004
ISSN: 1876-7575
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Royal College of Nursing Australia/Elsevier
Deposited On: 09 Oct 2013 00:34
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2014 04:40

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