Maintaining student engagement in a multidisciplinary allied health communication skills course

Hazelwood, Zoe J. (2015) Maintaining student engagement in a multidisciplinary allied health communication skills course. In Nelson, Karen J. & Field, Rachael M. (Eds.) Students Transitions Achievement Retention & Success (STARS) Conference 2015 Handbook & Proceedings, UniSTARS, Melbourne,Vic.

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Abstract

Effective communication is an important graduate capability for allied health students but there are few opportunities for students to engage with these skills in a dedicated manner at an undergraduate level. This paper reported on the use of active learning and relevance-building strategies to maintain student engagement in a multidisciplinary allied health communication skills course at an Australian university. Students (N = 736) completed an engagement survey during the first and final lecture. While most degree programs reported no difference in engagement across semester, nursing/paramedic students reported a significant decrease in student engagement. A perceived lack of disciplinary relevance may account for student disengagement in this group, illustrating the challenge of delivering an authentic learning experience whilst engaging students from diverse degree programs.

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ID Code: 90372
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Engagement, Communication, Teaching and learning, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Learning Sciences (130309)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > OTHER PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (179900) > Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified (179999)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Law
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 [Please consult the author]
Deposited On: 16 Nov 2015 23:30
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2015 05:58

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