Poor academic performance : a perspective of final year diagnostic radiography students
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Introduction A study was conducted on final year diagnostic radiography students at a University of Technology in Durban. The aim of the study was to investigate the final year diagnostic radiography students' opinions and views on academic performance in order to inform teaching and learning methods. The objectives were • To explore the students' opinions regarding poor performance. • To identify strategies to improve academic performance. Method A qualitative, interpretive approach was used to explain and understand the students' lived experiences of their academic performances. A short open ended questionnaire was administered to a cohort of final diagnostic radiography students following feedback on a written assessment. Questionnaire responses were then manually captured and analyzed. Results Five (5) themes were identified that could possibly be associated with poor academic performance. These themes were, poor preparation, lack of independent study, difficulty in understanding learning content and misinterpretation of assessment questions, inefficient studying techniques as well as perceived improvement strategies. Conclusion Students identified their inadequate preparation and the lack of dedicated independent studying as the main reasons for poor performance. Students preferred to be taught in an assessment oriented manner. However their identified improvement strategies were aligned with the learner centred approach.
Ntokozo Gqweta, Poor academic performance: A perspective of final year diagnostic radiography students. Radiography, Vol. 18, Issue 3, Aug. (2012): pp. 212-217, ISSN 1078-8174, 10.1016/j.radi.2012.04.002.