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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/335532
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Peer Support in Research Capacity Development
Author(s):
Van Rensburg, Gisela H.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Tau Lambda-at-Large
Author Details:
Gisela H. Van Rensburg, DLittetPhil, vrensgh@unisa.ac.za
Abstract:
Session presented on Monday, July 28, 2014: Purpose: The purpose of the presentation is to provide educators with information that could facilitate peer support to enhance research capacity development. Peer support could contribute to an enriching learning environment within which students’ and researchers’ experiences and potential are enriched. Methods: This presentation addresses an objective that is part of a larger study that focuses on innovative support strategies to enhance postgraduate research capacity. A qualitative approach was used to explore the peer support practices of postgraduate students at a distance learning institution. Data were collected from two samples of postgraduate students using semi-structured narrative essays. The eight steps suggested by Tesch were used to analyse the data. The data obtained is discussed within the specific context of an open distance learning environment. Results: The results provided significant insights into the value of peer support as a strategy to develop research capacity. The findings pointed to the mutual support and thus participative learning that peer support provides. Both formal and informal peer support encourage critical reflection on their research capacity and assist in addressing shortcomings and hidden assumptions. Peer support could be both direct and indirect, providing various opportunities to develop as researchers in a safe environment. Conclusion: The recommendations include the use of peer support in diverse groups of postgraduate students in an open distance learning context. Peer support could offer a type of support that is not necessarily part of the open distance learning context. It may address some of the issues experienced in such a context by alleviating the feeling of ‘distance’ and ‘aloneness’ when doing postgraduate studies at an open distance learning institution.
Keywords:
open distance learning; peer support; research capacity development
Repository Posting Date:
17-Nov-2014
Date of Publication:
17-Nov-2014
Conference Date:
2014
Conference Name:
25th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Hong Kong
Description:
International Nursing Research Congress, 2014 Theme: Engaging Colleagues: Improving Global Health Outcomes. Held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item related to this abstract, you may find it by browsing the repository by author. If author contact information is availabe 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.titlePeer Support in Research Capacity Developmenten_GB
dc.contributor.authorVan Rensburg, Gisela H.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentTau Lambda-at-Largeen_GB
dc.author.detailsGisela H. Van Rensburg, DLittetPhil, vrensgh@unisa.ac.zaen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/335532-
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Monday, July 28, 2014: Purpose: The purpose of the presentation is to provide educators with information that could facilitate peer support to enhance research capacity development. Peer support could contribute to an enriching learning environment within which students’ and researchers’ experiences and potential are enriched. Methods: This presentation addresses an objective that is part of a larger study that focuses on innovative support strategies to enhance postgraduate research capacity. A qualitative approach was used to explore the peer support practices of postgraduate students at a distance learning institution. Data were collected from two samples of postgraduate students using semi-structured narrative essays. The eight steps suggested by Tesch were used to analyse the data. The data obtained is discussed within the specific context of an open distance learning environment. Results: The results provided significant insights into the value of peer support as a strategy to develop research capacity. The findings pointed to the mutual support and thus participative learning that peer support provides. Both formal and informal peer support encourage critical reflection on their research capacity and assist in addressing shortcomings and hidden assumptions. Peer support could be both direct and indirect, providing various opportunities to develop as researchers in a safe environment. Conclusion: The recommendations include the use of peer support in diverse groups of postgraduate students in an open distance learning context. Peer support could offer a type of support that is not necessarily part of the open distance learning context. It may address some of the issues experienced in such a context by alleviating the feeling of ‘distance’ and ‘aloneness’ when doing postgraduate studies at an open distance learning institution.en_GB
dc.subjectopen distance learningen_GB
dc.subjectpeer supporten_GB
dc.subjectresearch capacity developmenten_GB
dc.date.available2014-11-17T13:54:28Z-
dc.date.issued2014-11-17-
dc.date.accessioned2014-11-17T13:54:28Z-
dc.conference.date2014en_GB
dc.conference.name25th International Nursing Research Congressen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationHong Kongen_GB
dc.descriptionInternational Nursing Research Congress, 2014 Theme: Engaging Colleagues: Improving Global Health Outcomes. Held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kongen_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item related to this abstract, you may find it by browsing the repository by author. If author contact information is availabe in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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