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Kathryn Hoare

Doctor of Education
Study Completed: 2016
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Journey together through the three years: An evaluation of personal tutor system, a student support model embedded in a Bachelor of Nursing programme in New Zealand

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Student support is an important part of tertiary education. The Personal Tutor System, an approach to student support, originated in the United Kingdom and was embedded within a new Bachelor of Nursing curriculum in New Zealand. Through that system students were assigned to a lecturer for the duration of their degree to provide academic and personal support. Ms Hoare evaluated the Personal Tutor System as the first students completed the new programme. Her investigation focused on factors that influenced the experience of third year nursing students and lecturers. Most participants had a positive experience, with relationships central to support. System flexibility was also important, to meet the diversity of the student’s support needs. At times competing responsibilities and differing interpretations of the system resulted in tensions between students’ and lecturers’ expectations. The value of the Personal Tutor System was acknowledged together with recommendations for its ongoing development.

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