The Application of Appreciative Inquiry for Enhancing Motivation in Studying of Nursing Students, Suandusit University: A Case Study of Nursing Students with High Academic Achievement

  • Laddawan Tejangkura Faculty of nursing, Suandusit University
  • Pilaiporn Sukcharoen Suratthani Rajabhat University
  • Siriwan Wongpongkaseam Ph.d.Faculty of Nursing, HRH Princess Chulabhorn College of Medical Science student, Applied Psychology, Srinakharinwirot University
  • Raphatporn Petchsuk Faculty of Nursing, HRH Princess Chulabhorn College of Medical Science
Keywords: motivation in studying, the nursing students, appreciative inquiry program


        This research aimed to apply appreciative inquiry for enhancing motivation in the studies of nursing students. This study was a qualitative research with the use of Participatory Action Research (PAR). The purposively sampled key informants were 10 freshman nursing students from Suandusit University with high academic achievements. Data was collected over 2 months and used in the framework of Appreciative Inquiry (AI). The tools were open questions used in group discussions. The trustworthiness and credibility of the research was confirmed from data triangulation, methodological triangulation and conducted member checking to confirm the researcher’s summary. The results of the 4 steps of the Appreciative Inquiry program were as follows: 1) Find experience in the motivation in studying 3 issues: self-development needs, family pride, and the importance of the nursing profession. 2) Create a dream image together: a dream that causes motivation in studying is graduating as a qualified professional nurse over four years. 3) Design activities: 3 activities that encourage motivation in studying including education, health, relaxation and supporting factors including encouragement from family, friends and teachers. 4) Perform activities: giving activities to practice. The results from the practice are better learning systems, higher academic achievement, and reduced stress.     


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