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Title: The student journey: Living and learning following traumatic brain injury.
Epworth Authors: Mealings, Margaret
Olver, John
Other Authors: Douglas, Jacinta
Keywords: Education
Student Perspectives
Traumatic Brain Injury
Choosing to Study
Deciding What to Do
Making the Next Step
Epworth Monash Rehabilitation Medicine Unit, Richmond, Australia
Rehabilitation, Mental Health and Chronic Pain Clinical Institute, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Neurosciences Clinical Institute, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: Feb-2021
Publisher: Tailor & Francis
Citation: Brain Inj . 2021 Feb 23;35(3):315-334
Abstract: Primary objective: In this research we set out to gain further understanding of the experiences of students participating in secondary and tertiary education following TBI: exploring academic and non-academic factors, as well as changes in experiences over time.Methods and procedures: A longitudinal, qualitative investigation was completed. 12 students (17-32 years) completed up to three in-depth interviews over a period of 4-15 months, capturing atotal of 30 time points. Data were analyzed using grounded theory methods.Main outcomes and results: Students' participation experiences were unique and varied with different timelines and outcomes, however they shared many similar critical points. We interpreted their experiences as a student journey traveling through four significant landscapes, "Choosing to study", "Studying", "Deciding what to do", "Making the next step." Journeys involved complex processes of living and learning. Moving along the pathway was not always smooth or straightforward. Conclusions: Students' experiences of returning to study following TBI can be interpreted as a complex journey of living and learning. Four important stages of the journey provide clinicians and educators with landscape features that can provide a structure for exploring supports to address both academic and non-academic factors to assist students in their study journey.
DOI: 10.1080/02699052.2020.1863466
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ISSN: 0269-9052
Journal Title: Brain Injury
Type: Journal Article
Affiliated Organisations: School of Allied Health, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Australia.
Research and Innovation Unit, Summer Foundation, Box Hill, Australia.
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Longitudinal Qualitative Study
Appears in Collections:Neurosciences

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