Implementation of Concept Mapping as a Teaching Strategy to Promote Meaningful Learning in Clinical Practice with Baccalaureate Nursing Students.

Regions: North Slave Region

Tags: education, nursing, students, adult education, aurora college

Principal Investigator: Brennan, Jodi N (3)
Licence Number: 13787
Organization: NA
Licenced Year(s): 2010 2005
Issued: Apr 19, 2005

Project Description: Concept mapping is a tool that shows students thinking on paper as they plan and care for patients in the clinical setting. Concepts are chosen based on patient information then links are made between the concepts. A picture of the "whole" patient can be seen on one page. The researcher is very interested to see if this teaching tool would help increase learning and thinking for Aurora College nursing students as they plan and care for patients. The objectives for this study are to evaluate each student’s weekly concept map created in clinical practice and to measure student satisfaction with concept mapping in the clinical practice setting.

The researcher will use concept mapping as a teaching strategy with six to eight second-year nursing students during a six-week nursing practice course. Every week the students will create a concept map based on the patient they cared for that week. The students’ concept maps will be evaluated using a scoring formula created for concept mapping. Each student’s weekly score will be compared to his/her previous concept map score. At the end of the six weeks the students will complete a student satisfaction questionnaire. The researcher will present a report to the Chairperson of Health Programs at Aurora College Yellowknife Campus, and present her results to the participants and nursing faculty at Aurora College. Benefits to the community include the opportunity for interested community members to attend a plain language presentation explaining the results of this research study. Students at Aurora College in the nursing program have an opportunity to participate in the research study and use concept mapping to plan patient care in the clinical setting. If the evaluation of concept mapping is positive in clinical practice and students are able to plan care more effectively by using this tool, improved patient care could result. Implementation of concept mapping could then be used throughout the nursing program, providing an educational tool for other students.
The study will be conducted at Aurora College, Yellowknife Campus