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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/304307
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Student Success: "Did Anybody Notice My Good Results?"
Author(s):
Van Rensburg, Gisela H.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Tau Lambda
Author Details:
Gisela H. Van Rensburg, DLittetPhil, MACur, BACur (Hons), BACur, vrensgh@unisa.ac.za
Abstract:

Session presented on: Thursday, July 25, 2013

Purpose: The purpose of the study was to explore the views of students who excelled in an undergraduate research methodology module as to what contributed to their success. Understanding student success from the viewpoint of academic achievers could contribute to the improvement of support to all students.

Methods: A qualitative study that allowed for narrative, non-numerical and unstructured comments was conducted. Data analysis was done by using the eight steps for analysing qualitative data as proposed by Tesch. Field notes were also kept during the time of data collection and analysis. A total of 43 responses were received.

Results: Five themes emerged from the data. The themes related to student support, recommendations regarding peer support, experiences regarding individual differences in the learning process, content and exposition of the module, and personal experiences. Field notes were made based on telephone calls, emails and personal visits and these corresponded with the narrative responses.

 Conclusion: When providing student support, existing academic and support practices, services and initiatives should be reviewed, both from a risk-based as well as a success-based point of view. Gaining new insights into the diversity among our students becomes imperative in developing best practices. New initiatives should be identified to minimise risk and maximise success by providing appropriate and pro-active support. The complexities in understanding student success should therefore not only depart from a challenge point of view but at the same time from an appreciative point of view. Without advocating that a distinction is the mirror image of a fail mark, the complex interrelationships of achievements should be recognised. Despite the absence of one common, shared understanding of what student success entails, educators should be committed to embracing and enhancing those successes that motivate students.

Keywords:
Academic achievers; Student success
Repository Posting Date:
22-Oct-2013
Date of Publication:
22-Oct-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
24th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Prague, Czech Republic
Description:
24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleStudent Success: "Did Anybody Notice My Good Results?"en_GB
dc.contributor.authorVan Rensburg, Gisela H.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentTau Lambdaen_GB
dc.author.detailsGisela H. Van Rensburg, DLittetPhil, MACur, BACur (Hons), BACur, vrensgh@unisa.ac.zaen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/304307-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on: Thursday, July 25, 2013</p><b>Purpose: </b>The purpose of the study was to explore the views of students who excelled in an undergraduate research methodology module as to what contributed to their success. Understanding student success from the viewpoint of academic achievers could contribute to the improvement of support to all students. <p><b>Methods: </b>A qualitative study that allowed for narrative, non-numerical and unstructured comments was conducted. Data analysis was done by using the eight steps for analysing qualitative data as proposed by Tesch. Field notes were also kept during the time of data collection and analysis. A total of 43 responses were received. <p><b>Results: </b>Five themes emerged from the data. The themes related to student support, recommendations regarding peer support, experiences regarding individual differences in the learning process, content and exposition of the module, and personal experiences. Field notes were made based on telephone calls, emails and personal visits and these corresponded with the narrative responses. <p> <b>Conclusion: </b>When providing student support, existing academic and support practices, services and initiatives should be reviewed, both from a risk-based as well as a success-based point of view. Gaining new insights into the diversity among our students becomes imperative in developing best practices. New initiatives should be identified to minimise risk and maximise success by providing appropriate and pro-active support. The complexities in understanding student success should therefore not only depart from a challenge point of view but at the same time from an appreciative point of view. Without advocating that a distinction is the mirror image of a fail mark, the complex interrelationships of achievements should be recognised. Despite the absence of one common, shared understanding of what student success entails, educators should be committed to embracing and enhancing those successes that motivate students.en_GB
dc.subjectAcademic achieversen_GB
dc.subjectStudent successen_GB
dc.date.available2013-10-22T20:33:14Z-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22-
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-22T20:33:14Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name24th International Nursing Research Congressen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationPrague, Czech Republicen_GB
dc.description24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.en_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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