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Nurse Educ Today. 2013 May;33(5):546-51. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2011.12.006. Epub 2012 Jan 18.

Comparison of technology-based cooperative learning with technology-based individual learning in enhancing fundamental nursing proficiency.

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Department of Nursing, Tzu-Chi College of Technology, No. 880, Sec 2, Chien-Kuo Rd, Hualien City 97005, Taiwan, ROC. elaine@tccn.edu.tw

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The aim of nursing education is to prepare students with critical thinking, high interests in profession and high proficiency in patient care. Cooperative learning promotes team work and encourages knowledge building upon discussion. It has been viewed as one of the most powerful learning methods. Technology has been considered an influential tool in teaching and learning. It assists students in gathering more information to solve the problems and master skills better.

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this study was to compare the effect of technology-based cooperative learning with technology-based individual learning in nursing students' critical thinking in catheterization knowledge gaining, error discovering, skill acquisitions, and overall scores.

METHODS:

This study used a pretest-posttest experimental design. Ninety-eight students were assigned randomly to one of two groups. Questionnaires and tests were collected at baseline and after completion of intervention.

RESULTS:

The results of this study showed that there was no significant difference in related catheterization skill performance. However, the remaining variables differed greatly between the two groups. CONCLUSIONS AND APPLICATIONS: This study's findings guide the researchers and instructors to use technology-based cooperative learning more appropriately. Future research should address the design of the course module and the availability of mobile devices to reach student-centered and learn on the move goals.

PMID:
22260882
DOI:
10.1016/j.nedt.2011.12.006
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