Making it real--an evaluation of a taster day initiative.
01 May 2010-The practising midwife (Pract Midwife)-Vol. 13, Iss: 5, pp 44-47
About: This article is published in The practising midwife.The article was published on 2010-05-01 and is currently open access. It has received 2 citations till now. The article focuses on the topics: Program evaluation & Burnout.
01 Jan 2012
TL;DR: In this article, the authors explored how nine part-time mature students experienced entry into HE to develop knowledge and understanding of the range and nature of that experience, and the reasons why withdrawal may occur.
Abstract: Background and aim: The introduction of higher fees within HE may well impact on part-time provision from 2012. Potentially fewer students applying for courses may mean that university income will become reliant on students completing courses and so retention will assume greater significance. At the university at the centre of this research 62% of all withdrawals on part-time foundation degrees occur within the first six weeks. This study explored how nine part-time mature students experienced entry into HE to develop knowledge and understanding of the range and nature of that experience, and the reasons why withdrawal may occur. Design: Using lifeworld the study captured the lived experience of nine students. The participants were interviewed after they had completed six weeks of their various courses and then again six weeks into their second semester. Results: The lived experience of these students evidences the complexity and individuality of returning to education. For some of the students, entering into study brought the present, past and future intensely into focus. Some questioned their own presence in HE while managing feelings of anxiety and inferiority. Established individual lifeworlds were challenged as integration into the social and academic communities of the university were negotiated. Enabling strategies included peer support within the classroom and securing confirmation that they were working at the correct academic level. Conclusion: This study shows that the lifeworld experience of these beginning students is rich and diverse and cannot be encapsulated within a collective account of the student experience. For university engagement with students to be meaningful the findings of this study suggest that it needs to take account of the range of mature students’ experiences including expectations, approaches to study, motivation, their past and aspirations, to develop courses that will retain students. The accounts of these students indicate that if appropriate support is given during the transitional period to enable feelings of acceptance within the social and academic environment then this can make a major contribution to retention.
TL;DR: The course outline and qualitative findings from evaluations relating to the students' experiences are detailed, which include the role and scope of midwifery practice, professionalism and team work, comparisons between acute and community midWifery and the student–mentor relationship.
Abstract: The midwifery taster course was first run in 2006 following numerous requests from local students to the acute trusts for work experience and concern about attrition from the 3-year pre-registration midwifery programme. A focus group with a local comprehensive school inspired the creation of a 5.5-day course incorporating theoretical academic and clinical exposure. The latter includes acute and community settings. This article details the course outline and qualitative findings from evaluations relating to the students' experiences. Students commented on the role and scope of midwifery practice, professionalism and team work, comparisons between acute and community midwifery and the student–mentor relationship. Of the four students from this cohort who applied to the 3- year programme, all are successfully continuing their studies.