A successful strategy for supporting low socioeconomic and accelerated students studying Biosciences in their first year of study

Polkinghorne, Adam & Doggrell, Sheila (2012) A successful strategy for supporting low socioeconomic and accelerated students studying Biosciences in their first year of study. In Mortimer, Rachel (Ed.) 15th International First Year in Higher Education Conference 2012 : New Horizons, 26 - 29 June 2012, Sofitel Brisbane Central, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

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At our regional University low socioeconomic status (SES) campus, enrolled nurses can enter into the second year of a Bachelor of Nursing. These students, hence, have their first year experience while entering directly into the degree’s second year. A third of these students withdrew from our Bioscience units, and left the University. In an attempt to improve student retention and success, we introduced a strategy involving (i) review lectures in each of the Bioscience disciplines, and subsequently, (ii) “Getting started”, a formative website activity of basic Bioscience concepts, (iii) an ‘O’-week workshop addressing study skills and online resources, and (iv) online tutor support. In addition to being well received, the introduction of the review lectures and full intervention was associated with a significant reduction in student attrition. This successful approach could be used in other low SES areas with accelerated programs for Nursing and may have application beyond this discipline.

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ID Code: 63502
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: nursing, bioscience, accelerated students, ses, attrition
ISBN: 9781921897399
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Biomedical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Please consult the authors
Deposited On: 20 Oct 2013 23:59
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2013 19:45

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