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

Regions: North Slave Region

Tags: health, social sciences, education, nursing, educational evaluation, students

Principal Investigator: Brennan, Jodi N (3)
Licence Number: 14725
Organization: Aurora College
Licenced Year(s): 2010 2005
Issued: May 27, 2010
Project Team: Kerry Lynn Durnford (Investigator, Aurora College)

Objective(s): To evaluate the effectiveness of concept mapping as a teaching/learning tool in clinical practice courses in years one, two and three of the nursing program. The objectives include the following: evaluate one concept map per student weekly during the clinical course, and obtain student and faculty input on utilizing concept mapping as a teaching tool.

Project Description: The overall aim of this research is to evaluate the effectiveness of concept mapping as a teaching/learning tool in clinical practice courses in years one, two and three of the nursing program. The objectives include the following: evaluate one concept map per student weekly during the clinical course, and obtain student and faculty input on utilizing concept mapping as a teaching tool.

In this study, concept mapping will be used in years one, two and three of the nursing program during the six-week nursing practice consolidated courses in May/June. Each student will complete one concept map per week. Each student will score a concept map in Week 2 and Week 5 in collaboration with their clinical nursing instructor using a scoring criteria specific for concept mapping. Scores will be collected by the investigators only after course grades are submitted. Each student will complete a student evaluation questionnaire pertaining to concept mapping at the end of the six week course. Nursing faculty involved, will participate in a group meeting to discuss concept mapping at the end of the six week course.

Nursing students at Aurora College have the opportunity to participate in a research study. They also have a chance to evaluate the effectiveness of concept mapping as a teaching tool in clinical nursing practice. Using concept mapping helps students plan patient care and demonstrate critical thinking on paper thus enhancing their overall learning in nursing practice courses. As students improve their nursing practice, improved patient care could result.

The researcher will report to the Chairperson of Health and Human Services, make a presentation of results to the Aurora College nursing program and prepare a paper to nursing journals for potential publication.

The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from May 27, 2010 to June 30, 2010.