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Title: Educators' experiences of a continuous assessment system of pre-registration students' practice
Authors: Tabone, Mario
Keywords: Nursing students -- Malta
Nursing -- Study and teaching -- Malta
College teachers -- Malta
Issue Date: 2009
Citation: Tabone, M. (2009). Educators' experiences of a continuous assessment system of pre-registration students' practice (Bachelor’s dissertation).
Abstract: This research project aimed to explore educators' experiences of a continuous assessment system of pre-registration nursing students' practice through the personal accounts of link lecturers. The objectives of this study were to explore the role of link lecturer, and the working relationship with students and mentors, aspects of the system that were beneficial or else limiting from a learning and administrative perspective, and whether educators perceived any need for change. This research project adopted a qualitative approach based on 12 semi-structured interviews within a University in Malta. Analysed qualitative data was structured and presented using a method of thematic analysis. The main findings of this study were that educators view their role as being multifocal, and as one reducing the gap between the institution and clinical placement. While time management was a major obstacle within the role, the fact that the system introduced a mentorship program appeared to have drastically reduced the stress of clinical competence since educators were not any longer expected to be clinically experts by their students and clinical staff. The emergence of the concept of 'mothering' students was an unexpected finding, as this was not reported in previous research. Finally, this research project will encourage the need for more research that explores educators' experiences focusing on time management, preparation of students and link lecturers, as well as comparison of the performance at the final clinical examination of those going through the old and new system. This study recommends the recruitment of more educators. More administrative support for educators and mentors, as well as making students more responsible for their academic documentation.
Description: B.SC.(HONS)NURSING
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacHSc - 2009
Dissertations - FacHScNur - 2009

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