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Nursing students evaluation of problem based learning and the impact of culture on the learning process and outcomes: A pilot project

Al-Kloub, M. I.; Salameh, T. N.; Froelicher, E. S.

Nurse education in practice. VOL 14; NUMB 2, ; 2014, 142-147 -- ELSEVIER SCIENCE B.V. AMSTERDAM Part 2; (pages 142-147) -- 2014

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  • Title:
    Nursing students evaluation of problem based learning and the impact of culture on the learning process and outcomes: A pilot project
  • Author: Al-Kloub, M. I.;
    Salameh, T. N.;
    Froelicher, E. S.
  • Found In: Nurse education in practice. VOL 14; NUMB 2, ; 2014, 142-147
  • Journal Title: Nurse education in practice.
  • Subjects: Medicine; Biotechnology; Pharmaceutical Chemistry; LCC: D1; Dewey: 610.7307
  • Publication Details: ELSEVIER SCIENCE B.V. AMSTERDAM
  • Language: English
  • Abstract: Purposes: This study evaluates students' learning experiences in a clinical pediatric nursing course adopting Problem Based Learning (PBL) and investigates how students' cultural background impacts on self directed learning. Methods: A mixed-methods approach combining quantitative and qualitative methods was utilized to answer the research objectives. An observational technique for the PBL teaching sessions was employed; and 226 third-year students were asked to complete PBL evaluation questionnaire. Results: Fifty seven percent (n = 130) responses to the questionnaire were analyzed. Overall, students considered PBL to be moderately effective in their learning experience, with a mean of 3.64 (S.D = 1.18). Students qualitative responses fell within four thematic categories including: developing cognitive abilities, independent learning, motivation to learn, and group learning. Difficulties encountered by students were: it is time-consuming, it has unclear objectives, it is a stressful process, and it results in an increased workload. A small number of students indicated that PBL tutorials were boring and complained about lack of contribution from instructors and limited recourses. Learning is intertwined with culture; students' previous educational experiences, uncertainty, English language proficiency, computer resources, gender, and achievement were identified as the most important cultural issues that impact the learning process and outcomes. Conclusion: Successful implementation of PBL does not come easily; teachers should be alert to the issues of culture in designing curriculum.
  • Identifier: Journal ISSN: 1471-5953
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Physical Description: Physical
  • Shelfmark(s): 6187.028370
  • UIN: ETOCRN348600392

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