Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
First Committee Member
Lori Candela, Chair
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Graduate Faculty Representative
Number of Pages
Nursing education is facing a crisis. Anachronistic teaching methods are no longer keeping up with the needs of new graduates entering practice. Despite a body of knowledge which supports the use of active learning in higher education, nursing faculty continue to rely on lecture as their primary pedagogical approach. Previous study of the use of research products in clinical nursing practice identified systematic factors such as characteristics of the communication of research findings and characteristics of the organization form the greatest barrier to use. This study discovers if these same barriers face nursing educators.
Using Roger‟s Theory of Diffusion of Innovation as a framework, a large national survey of accredited pre-licensure nursing programs was conducted. Results demonstrate that three-quarters of nursing faculty utilize lecture for at least half of an average teaching session. Findings also indicate that nursing faculty experience similar barriers to the use of research as do nurses in clinical practice with lack of time and a diffuse and difficult to access knowledge base forming the greatest barriers. Of the components analyzed, approach to teaching is the most predictive of use of active learning. Suggestions for future research are discussed.
Active learning; Barriers to use; Diffusion of innovation; Education; Health and environmental sciences; Nursing – Study and teaching (Higher)
Curriculum and Instruction | Higher Education and Teaching | Nursing | Teacher Education and Professional Development
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Shindell, Deborah Lowell, "Factors which influence the use of active learning strategies by nursing faculty" (2011). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 1316.
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