Exploring the relationships between teaching, approaches to learning and critical thinking in a problem-based learning foundation nursing course

Martyn, Julie and Terwijn, Ruth and Kek, Megan Y. C. A. and Huijser, Henk (2014) Exploring the relationships between teaching, approaches to learning and critical thinking in a problem-based learning foundation nursing course. Nurse Education Today, 34 (5). pp. 829-835. ISSN 0260-6917


Undergraduate nursing programmes are responsible for providing teaching and learning that develops students'
knowledge, skills and attitudes in alignment with contemporary nursing standards and healthcare demands.
Problem-based learning (PBL) as a pedagogy uses authentic artefacts reflecting real-world situations for students to practice problem-solving skills through collaboration with their peers. PBL was introduced in a foundation nursing course delivered in a regional university in Queensland, Australia. This paper presents the findings of a study exploring the relationships between nursing students' individual characteristics and perceptions of learning environments, teaching in PBL mode, approaches to learning, and critical thinking skill readiness. The study was guided by an ecological perspective designed to examine nursing students' ecological environments and the influences of those environments on their approaches to learning, and on critical thinking skill readiness. The results, through hierarchical linear modelling, revealed that aspects of the
PBL approach to teaching influenced the approaches to learning students adopt, and thus their critical thinking
skill readiness. Implications for teaching in undergraduate nursing programmes are discussed.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. Published online 22 May 2013. Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2013 05:51
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2015 04:28
Uncontrolled Keywords: approaches to learning; critical thinking; nursing; problem-based learning; teaching problem-based learning
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2013.04.023
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23640

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