An exploratory study of students' problem-solving skills and their attitude towards problem-based learning in a hospital based psychiatric nursing course

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An exploratory study of students' problem-solving skills and their attitude towards problem-based learning in a hospital based psychiatric nursing course

 

Author: Yip, Lai-king
Title: An exploratory study of students' problem-solving skills and their attitude towards problem-based learning in a hospital based psychiatric nursing course
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 1999
Subject: Psychiatric nursing -- Study and teaching -- China -- Hong Kong
Psychiatric nurses -- China -- Hong Kong -- Attitudes
Problem-based learning -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Dept. of Nursing and Health Sciences
Pages: x, 130 leaves : ill. ; 31 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1484319
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/364
Abstract: Problem-based learning (PBL) has been widely adopted by nursing faculty in local universities and facilitating problem-solving skills is said to be one of the most important advantages of PBL. However, subjective perception of end users is often neglected and it is important to understand the student's opinion and level of acceptance before implementing a new method of learning that has the potential to affect the outcome of learning. Hence, this study intends to evaluate student's attitudes towards the use of PBL and how their problem-solving skills are influenced during the process. It aims to offer new insights for nurse educators who are planning to use PBL, a teaching strategy which is student focused. The convenience samples were selected from a hospital-based psychiatric nursing course because psychiatric nursing is a unique branch of nursing which has been relatively neglected in terms of the application of educational research in Hong Kong. New teaching strategies are rarely included in the curriculum of hospitalbased psychiatric nursing courses in Hong Kong and the implementation of such strategies is timely and hence worthwhile studying in such a context. The study was qualitative in nature, with a convenience sample of 4 students who participated in informal interviews, in-depth interviews and observation to collect data. The data was analyzed inductively using Hycner's model (1985) which has the strength that it focuses on participant's perceptions. Data analysis mainly concentrated on the student's personal point of view in areas of perception and attitude towards PBL, readiness of using PBL, learning needs and relationships of using problem-solving skills in PBL. This intended to give a picture of the degree of feasibility of using PBL in this particular learning context and to provide insights to help prepare students for PBL strategies according to their needs. The study revealed that students' self-recognition of their ability is quite poor despite the demonstration of competent performance during the process. Group dynamics was found to be a significant factor in helping them to learn better and dependent learning dominated this context of learning. Emotional and psychological support from the teacher, modifying the traditional relationship with teacher, and changing the format of curriculum are strategies which are recommended to nurse educators who plan to implement the PBL successfully.

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