Bioscience has long been reported as a source of difficulty and anxiety for nursing students. A number of factors have been identified as risk indicators for non-completion and failure in human bioscience classes. Much of this work however has been retrospective and has focused on urban cohorts. Relatively little information is available for rural/regional cohorts.Aim: Determine indicators of risk, independent of university entry scores, for a regional/rural student body using an online demographic survey tool that includes a quick science test. Method: Students voluntarily completed a short science test and demographic survey upon entry to Human bioscience 1. Individual results/responses were combined with the final summative scores for each student and a multivariate analysis undertaken.Results: A total of 963 students participated in the study; 916 completed all assessments. Only 40.3% had university entry scores. Several risk factors surfaced, the most significant included if a student was the first in their family to attend university. Intended hours of work, study mode, nor socioeconomic status were statistically significant contributors to risk.Conclusion and Implications: Further development of tools such as the one used for this study needs to be undertaken to enable early identification of Ã¢Â€Âžat riskÃ¢Â€ÂŸ students and implementation of strategies to assist these students appropriately.
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|