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ERIC Number: EJ1175125
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1756-1108
A Framework for Understanding Student Nurses' Experience of Chemistry as Part of a Health Science Course
Boddey, Kerrie; de Berg, Kevin
Chemistry Education Research and Practice, v19 n2 p597-616 Apr 2018
Twenty-seven first-year nursing students, divided across six focus groups formed on the basis of their past chemistry experience, were interviewed about their chemistry experience as a component of a Health Science unit. Information related to learning and academic performance was able to be established from student conversations resulting in three themes (and associated categories): Connectivity ("curriculum," "application," and "social interaction"); Reductivity ("nature of chemistry," "exposition," and "control of learning"); and Reflexivity ("confidence," "anxiety," and "goal orientation"). The framework proved useful in portraying relationships between themes for conversations related to tutorial sessions, prior knowledge, and chemistry in nursing. The focus groups were representative of the total cohort of students in terms of gender, age, working hours, academic performance, enjoyment level of chemistry, and the extent of the relevance of chemistry to nursing. Implications for chemistry educators, especially those supporting novices, are considered.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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