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The development of self skills in an authentic learning environment: A qualitative study


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Title The development of self skills in an authentic learning environment: A qualitative study
Creator Ndawo, Gugu
Subject Nursing; Nursing Education; authentic learning; nursing education; self; self-awareness; self skills
Description Background: The contemporary healthcare environment is an authentic, demanding, challenging and ever-changing environment that requires learners to possess good self skills when they need to engage in meaningful, critical discourse in order to solve authentic problems. However, nurse educators assume that learners already have well-developed self skills at the commencement of their nursing training and as a result do not explicitly teach and develop such skills in the learners.Objectives: The objectives of this research were to explore and describe nurse educators’ views on how learners’ self skills can be developed within an authentic learning (AL) environment, and to formulate recommendations based on the findings.Method: A qualitative and contextual research design was used to seek rich, in-depth data from 20 nurse educators who were purposively sampled. Semi-structured individual interviews were conducted, and the data were analysed using Miles, Huberman and Saldaña method.Results: The three themes that emerged were that nurse educators should (1) ensure an AL environment that promotes self skills, (2) engage learners in activities that will consciously evoke authentic self and (3) evaluate the developed self skills and metacognition.Conclusion: By developing good self skills, learners should be able to deliver quality patient care, find solutions to complex problems and handle cognitive complexity and authentic conditions whilst creating their own identity.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor Thuthuka grant, PhD Track, University of Johannesburg Department of Nursing
Date 2022-01-18
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Qualitative; Interviews
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/curationis.v45i1.2198
Source Curationis; Vol 45, No 1 (2022); 10 pages 2223-6279 0379-8577
Language eng
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