Students as Academic Partners or Co-Researchers: An Action Research Involving Pre-Qualifying Nursing Students

Chapman, Jim and Indramohan, Vivek and Khan, Salim and Aspinall, Susan and Hood, Katherine and Plant, Jenny and Fogarty, Elisha (2017) Students as Academic Partners or Co-Researchers: An Action Research Involving Pre-Qualifying Nursing Students. Sage ResearchMethods Cases. ISSN 9781526403339


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This essay presents a case study outlining how an academic team engaged undergraduate Nursing students as co-researchers in an education research project. The student co-researchers were tasked by the team to lead on the second phase of the research project that looked to capture the learning experience of first-year BSc (Hons) Nursing degree students (N = 437) who had recently taken an Objective Structured Clinical Examination as an assessment. This case study primarily focuses on the recruitment process of students as appropriate co-researchers and how these were subsequently “up-skilled” to lead and undertake the second phase of the research. Hence, no emphasis is placed on the methodological detail of the broader research project. A key facet of the research project was to further develop a range of academic and research skills of the student co-researchers. Encouraging the student co-researchers to write a reflective diary allowed them to consider the impact of the experience on their personal and professional development, skills acquisition, and employability. The benefits and drawbacks of involving students as co-researchers will also be discussed, along with implications for future research practice.

Item Type: Article
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12 July 2016Accepted
27 January 2017Published Online
Subjects: CAH02 - subjects allied to medicine > CAH02-04 - nursing and midwifery > CAH02-04-01 - nursing (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Depositing User: Vivek Indramohan
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2019 07:16
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2022 11:25

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