Delwar Hossain

Work place: Centre for Rural and Remote Area Health, University of Southern Queensland, Qld, Australia



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Dr Delwar Hossain is Research Fellow, Centre for Rural and Remote Area Health, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia. Dr Hossain received his PhD in Extension Education from Michigan State University, USA and has 30 years of teaching, research and community development experience in USA, Bangladesh and Australia.

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Information Literacy and its Application in Nursing Education

By Delwar Hossain Cheryl Perrin Kaye Cumming

DOI:, Pub. Date: 8 Oct. 2012

Information literacy has been embedded by the university into the first year nursing curriculum. Embedding this literacy will not necessarily ensure the nursing graduates will apply this skill to the provision of high quality evidence-based health care. For this to happen information literacy skills gained in the classroom must contribute to sound decision making based on best practice evidence. This paper discusses the findings of a three phases research project designed to (i) determine the information literacy skills, confidence and problem solving abilities of students entering the university’s Bachelor of Nursing Program; (ii) determine if information literacy skills, confidence and problem solving abilities improve as a result of embedding information literacy instruction into a nursing course; and iii) ascertain whether there are any differences in information literacy skills, confidence and problem solving abilities based on the students demographic information.
Data were collected in two sequential semesters using a questionnaire administered to the students. The response rates in semester one and two were 45 and 56 per cent respectively. Student confidence and awareness regarding information literacy is positively affected by learning experiences from semester one to semester two. Students indicated that they need both specific and regular instruction to adequately retain learning. Overall the study suggests that embedding information literacy instruction into the first year, first semester nursing program is beneficial. By the second semester the information literacy confidence and awareness of students increased as a result of intra-curricular instruction, however, problem solving skills need to be improved.

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Factors That Impact on Rural and Remote Students’ Participation in Higher Education

By Delwar Hossain Don Gorman Jill Lawrence Lorelle Burton

DOI:, Pub. Date: 8 Jul. 2012

This paper aims to explore the factors that impact on rural and remote students’ participation in higher education at university. The findings indicated that the students were familiar only with university scholarships, tertiary preparation program, and head start. Before admission, most students required information on pathways to university, admission requirements, scholarships, and range of courses and after admission they required information on academic support, tutorial assistance, library and IT services. This paper also suggests that universities need to evaluate the effectiveness of the services they offer to both attract and support rural and remote students to University if participation rates are to be raised.

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