Academic help-seeking behaviour and barriers among college nursing students

Health SA Gesondheid

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Title Academic help-seeking behaviour and barriers among college nursing students
Creator Bimerew, Million S. Arendse, John P.
Subject — academic expectation; academic performance; academic workload; academic support; college nursing students; help-seeking; perceived stress; help-seeking as a threat to self-esteem
Description Background: First-year college student’s smooth transition and academic success influenced by academic help-seeking behaviour. Academic help-seeking behaviour is largely affected by many factors, including demographic factors, self-esteem and the use of sources for academic learning.Aim: The study investigated academic help-seeking behaviour and barriers among first-year college nursing students.Setting: The study was conducted at a nursing college in the Western Cape province of South Africa.Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive survey design with a self-administered questionnaire was used to collect data from 130 first year nursing college students. Descriptive statistics and bivariate analysis were computed using Statistical Packages for Social Sciences (SPSS).Results: More than 77.7% used course materials and books to help with academic learning, 50% of students sought help from their teachers. Only 24.6% and 17.7% of students used YouTube and computers respectively. In all items measured help-seeking is not a threat to self-esteem, teachers and parents did not have unrealistic expectations of their academic performance. Language is significantly associated with (p  0.001) academic help-seeking behaviour.Conclusion: Most students mainly used informal sources for academic learning. Help-seeking was not a threat to self-esteem. The language barrier is significantly associated with academic help-seeking behaviour. The nursing college should provide a coordinated academic language support, academic consultation and counselling services for academically stressed first-year nursing students.Contribution: The findings highlighted language as a barrier to academic help-seeking. The study provides insight to strengthen the language and academic support for academic learning for first year nursing students.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Date 2024-01-18
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/hsag.v29i0.2425
Source Health SA Gesondheid; Vol 29 (2024); 8 pages 2071-9736 1025-9848
Language eng
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Coverage Africa; South Africa; Western Cape; Cape Town — —
Rights Copyright (c) 2024 Million S. Bimerew, John P. Arendse