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J Nurs Educ. 2011 Aug;50(8):466-9. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20110415-06. Epub 2011 Apr 15.

Effects of concept map teaching on students' critical thinking and approach to learning and studying.

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Department of Nursing, Hungkuang University, Taichung, Taiwan.


The purpose of this study was to explore the effects of concept mapping in developing critical thinking ability and approach to learning and studying. A quasi-experimental study design with a purposive sample was drawn from a group of nursing students enrolled in a medical-surgical nursing course in central Taiwan. Students in the experimental group were taught to use concept mapping in their learning. Students in the control group were taught by means of traditional lectures. After the intervention, the experimental group had better overall critical thinking scores than did the control group, although the difference was not statistically significant. After controlling for the effects of age and the pretest score on critical thinking using analysis of covariance, the experimental group had significantly higher adjusted mean scores on inference and overall critical thinking compared with the control group. Concept mapping is an effective tool for improving students' ability to think critically.

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