Exploring and Improving Student Engagement in an Accelerated Undergraduate Nursing Program through a Mentoring Partnership: An Action Research Study Academic Article uri icon


  • AbstractThis Participatory Action Research (PAR) project aimed to engage students from an accelerated 'fast track' nursing program in a mentoring collaboration, using an interdisciplinary partnership intervention with a group of academics. Student participants represented the disciplines of nursing and paramedicine with a high proportion of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) students. Nine student mentors were recruited and paired with academics for a three-month ‘mentorship partnership’ intervention. Data from two pre-intervention workshops and a post-intervention workshop were coded in NVivo11 using thematic analysis. Drawing on social inclusion theory, a qualitative analysis explored an iteration of themes across each action cycle. Emergent themes were: 1) ‘building relationships for active engagement’, 2) ‘voicing cultural and social hierarchies’, and 3) ‘enacting collegiate community’. The study offers insights into issues for contemporary accelerated course delivery with a diverse student population and highlights future strategies to foster effective student engagement.


  • Bramble, Marguerite
  • Maxwell, Hazel
  • Einboden, Rochelle
  • Farington, Sally
  • Say, Richard
  • Beh, Chin Liang
  • Stankiewicz, Grace
  • Munro, Graham
  • Marembo, Esther
  • Rickard, Greg

publication date

  • May 30, 2018