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Nursing students understanding of critical thinking and appraisal and academic writing: A descriptive qualitative study
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Health Science.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Health Science.
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2012 (English)In: Nurse Education in Practice, ISSN 0260-6917, Vol. 12, no 6, 356-360 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In Sweden, regulations from the National Agency for Higher Education advocate an education that equips students with independence as well as critical, problem-based thinking, i.e. academic literacy skills. However, some research findings indicate that students may leave higher education without mastering these skills effectively. As part of quality-assuring a nursing programme at a university college in south-east Sweden we explored the nursing student's view of crucial academic literacy skills, such as critical thinking and appraisal and academic writing, by conducting a descriptive, qualitative study. Informants were recruited through an advertisement posted on the university's e-learning tool. Eight focused interviews were conducted during autumn 2010. The transcribed interviews were analysed – inspired by content analysis – and two categories became apparent: constantly questioning and formality before substance. The latter revealed a gap between the student's perception of academic writing and that of the educators, thus implying that nursing students might not be equipped with the tools they need to develop within academia. We suggest that students could benefit in their academic endeavours from theoretical educational models that integrate several academic skills simultaneously and which could be incorporated into the development of syllabuses and curriculums.

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Elsevier Ltd , 2012. Vol. 12, no 6, 356-360 p.
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Academic writing, critical thinking, educational theories, nursing
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Pedagogy Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-7055DOI: 10.1016/j.nepr.2012.04.009Local ID: oai:bth.se:forskinfoC7FBE7FE6F827411C125797A004FFC95OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-7055DiVA: diva2:834633
Available from: 2012-12-21 Created: 2012-01-03 Last updated: 2017-03-14Bibliographically approved

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