Effects of unfolding case studies on nursing students' understanding and transfer of oxygenation

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dc.contributor Appel, Susan
dc.contributor March, Alice L.
dc.contributor McKnight, Douglas
dc.contributor York, Kimberly
dc.contributor.advisor Robinson, Cecil D.
dc.contributor.author Bryant, Sandra Bryant
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T17:40:20Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T17:40:20Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0002227
dc.identifier.other Bryant_alatus_0004D_12698
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/2585
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Utilizing unfolding case studies as a teaching strategy has a number of potential benefits towards enhancing student understanding and transfer of knowledge. A major goal of these strategies is to enhance the competence levels of nursing students and improve patient care outcomes. Literature has suggested that utilization of knowledge to align classroom, clinical, and laboratory learning experiences will lead to nursing students who are better able to discern critical aspects to focus on within clinical situations, allowing them to render more competent care (Benner, Sutphen, Leonard, & Day, 2010). Although unfolding case studies have the potential benefits, listed above, there is little empirical research in nursing education to warrant such claims. This study begins to address this gap by examining differences in understanding and transfer between a classroom that utilized a lecture-based approach (n = 45) and a classroom that utilized unfolding case studies (n = 44). Specifically, this study tested the effects of using unfolding case studies within an oxygenation module in a Fundamentals of Nursing Course at a community college in the southeastern United States. Pre and post module tests, a final examination, a teaching rubric, and personal perceptions of achievement through survey questions were utilized to measure achievement levels and students perceptions about using unfolding case studies. Results from an analysis of variance indicate that students in the unfolding case study classroom learned at a statistically significantly greater rate and demonstrated greater understanding after the module than students in the lecture-based classroom. Further, students in the unfolding case study classroom demonstrated significantly higher transfer of understanding on the final examination. Results from the survey questions offer suggestions for educational design for nursing students by guiding pedagogical strategies for the alignment of classroom, clinical, and laboratory experiences.
dc.format.extent 107 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Educational leadership
dc.subject.other Nursing
dc.title Effects of unfolding case studies on nursing students' understanding and transfer of oxygenation
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies
etdms.degree.discipline Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ed.D.


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