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Quality of faculty, students, curriculum and resources for nursing doctoral education in Korea: a focus group study.

Authors
 Mi Ja Kim  ;  Hyeonkyeong Lee  ;  Hyun Kyung Kim  ;  Yang-Heui Ahn  ;  Euisook Kim  ;  Soon-Nyoung Yun  ;  Kwang-Ja Lee 
Citation
 INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NURSING STUDIES, Vol.47(3) : 295-306, 2010 
Journal Title
 INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NURSING STUDIES 
ISSN
 0020-7489 
Issue Date
2010
MeSH
Academic Dissertations as Topic ; Adult ; Age Factors ; Attitude of Health Personnel* ; Curriculum*/standards ; Education, Nursing, Graduate/organization & administration* ; Faculty, Nursing*/standards ; Focus Groups ; Health Services Needs and Demand ; Humans ; Korea ; Middle Aged ; Nurse Administrators/psychology* ; Nursing Education Research ; Nursing Methodology Research ; Professional Competence ; Qualitative Research ; Students, Nursing/psychology* ; Training Support ; Workload
Keywords
Doctoral education quality ; Faculty ; Students ; Curriculum ; Resources
Abstract
BACKGROUND: The rapidly increasing number of nursing doctoral programs has caused concern about the quality of nursing doctoral education, including in Korea. OBJECTIVES: To describe the perceived quality of Korean nursing doctoral education in faculty, student, curriculum and resources. DESIGN: Focus group. SETTINGS: Fourteen Korean nursing doctoral programs that are research focused and include coursework. PARTICIPANTS: Four groups of deans, faculty, students and graduates; students completed three semesters of doctoral program; and graduates completed doctoral programs within the most recent 3 years. METHODS: Focus groups examined the strengths and weaknesses of faculty, students, curriculum, and resources. RESULTS: Faculty strengths were universities' recognition of faculty research/scholarship and the ability of faculty to attract extramural funding. Faculty weaknesses were aging faculty; high faculty workload; insufficient number of faculty; and teaching without expertise in nursing theories. Student strengths were diverse student backgrounds; multidisciplinary dissertation committee members, and opportunities to socialize with peers and graduates/faculty. Students' weaknesses were overproduction of PhDs with low academic quality; a lower number and quality of doctoral applicants; and lack of full-time students. Curriculum strengths were focusing on specific research areas; emphasis on research ethics; and multidisciplinary courses. Curriculum weaknesses were insufficient time for curriculum development; inadequate courses for core research competencies; and a lack of linkage between theory and practice. Resources strengths were inter-institutional courses with credit transfer. Weaknesses were diminished university financial support for graduate students and limited access to school facilities. Variations in participant groups (providers [deans and faculty] vs. receivers [students and graduates]) and geographical location (capital city vs. regional) were noted on all the four components. CONCLUSIONS: The quality characteristics of faculty, students, curriculum, and resources identified in this first systematic evaluation of the quality of nursing doctoral education can inform nursing schools, universities, and policy-makers about areas for improvement in Korea and possibly in the world. Geographical variations found in these four components of doctoral education warrant attention by policy-makers in Korea.
Full Text
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0020748909002582
DOI
10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2009.07.005
Appears in Collections:
3. College of Nursing (간호대학) > Dept. of Nursing (간호학과) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Kim, Mi Ja(김미자)
Kim, Eui Sook(김의숙)
Lee, Hyeonkyeong(이현경) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9558-7737
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/100575
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