Perceptions of academic performance in 1st year paramedicine students

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Degoey, Daniel, Hobbs, Lisa and Devenish, Scott. 2022. "Perceptions of academic performance in 1st year paramedicine students." Australasian College of Paramedicine International Conference 2022 (ACPIC 2022). Australia 14 - 16 Sep 2022 Australia.
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Perceptions of academic performance in 1st year paramedicine students

Presentation TypePresentation
AuthorsDegoey, Daniel, Hobbs, Lisa and Devenish, Scott
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of Australasian College of Paramedicine International Conference 2022 (ACPIC 2022)
Year2022
Place of PublicationAustralia
Conference/EventAustralasian College of Paramedicine International Conference 2022 (ACPIC 2022)
Event Details
Australasian College of Paramedicine International Conference 2022 (ACPIC 2022)
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In person
Event Date
14 to end of 16 Sep 2022
Event Location
Australia
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Abstract

Introduction
High student academic expectations have led to an increase in academic appeals and review of grade requests in Australian undergraduate paramedicine programs. This study sought to explore student perceptions of future academic performance based on previous academic results, and to identify if discordance exists between anticipated and actual achieved university grades.

Aim
The study explores, through mixed methods, perceptions of first year paramedicine students about their university academic performance based on previous studies.

Method
The mixed methods study surveyed first year students (N=50) from two large university paramedicine programs. The questionnaire consisted of demographical questions, 21 Likert scale questions, of which six included a free text component. Students consented to take part in the study, which was approved by a large university human research ethics committee.

Results
Participants were high school leavers, had completed tertiary preparation programs or ungraduated studies, or had completed other studies such as vocational courses. Most high school leavers (75%) had an ATAR between 81 and 99.95. Participants who had completed previous university studies (56.25%) had achieved a GPA of 6.1 - 7. A direct correlation between previous results and anticipated results was found in the quantitative data, with grade expectations of 75% or higher across all assessment types. Participants (72%) felt previous studies had prepared them well for tertiary paramedicine programs. Conversely, the qualitative data indicated participants had apprehension, anxiety, unfamiliarity, and lack of confidence about their anticipated performance.

Conclusion
Students entering paramedicine degrees with high achievement in previous studies have an expectation of similar grades. However, underlying feelings of anxiety and uncertainty were found in the qualitative data. Results indicated a fixed mindset around perceived university performance despite underlying anxieties. Further work by educational institutions is necessary to develop programs to equip students with an open mindset to encourage reflective and resilient learners.

Keywordsparamedicine students; academic performance
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ANZSRC Field of Research 2020429999. Other health sciences not elsewhere classified
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