Learning strategies of first year nursing and medical students: a comparative study.

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dc.contributor.author Salamonson, Y
dc.contributor.author Everett, B
dc.contributor.author Koch, J
dc.contributor.author Wilson, I
dc.contributor.author Davidson, PM
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-10T06:09:50Z
dc.date.issued 2009-12
dc.identifier.citation International journal of nursing studies, 2009, 46 (12), pp. 1541 - 1547
dc.identifier.issn 0020-7489
dc.identifier.other C1UNSUBMIT en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/17148
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND: Interprofessional education (IPE), where two or more professions learn with, from, and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care, has been proposed as a curriculum strategy to promote mutual understanding between professions, thus helping to prepare health professionals to work in challenging contemporary health systems. Although there is support for IPE initiatives within health professional education, differences in student motivation and learning strategies are likely to contribute to the success of these initiatives. OBJECTIVE: To explore self-regulated learning strategies used by first year medical and nursing students, and to determine if these strategies were different among nursing students who were high achievers. DESIGN: A comparative survey design. SETTING: Nursing and medical nursing schools in a large university in the western region of Sydney, Australia. PARTICIPANTS: Six hundred and sixty-five first year nursing (n=565) and medical (n=100) students in a large university in the western region of Sydney were surveyed to assess motivational and learning strategies using The Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire (MSLQ). Data relating to sociodemographic characteristics and academic performance were also collected. RESULTS: Nursing students were significantly older than medical students (mean age: 24.4 years versus 19.4 years; p<0.001), and there were also more females in the nursing student group (82% versus 56%; p<0.001). Although nursing students had a higher mean score for extrinsic goal orientation compared to medical students (p<0.001), medical students had higher mean scores for the other four learning strategies measured: peer learning (p=0.003), help seeking (p=0.008), critical thinking (p=0.058), and time and study environment management (p<0.001). Similarly, the grade point average (GPA) of medical students at the end of their first year was significantly higher (4.5, S.D. 1.4 versus 3.6, S.D. 1.3; p<0.001) compared to that of nursing students. CONCLUSION: While interprofessional education is seen to have many benefits for students, this study demonstrates differences in motivational and learning strategies between nursing and medical students that may impact on the success of interprofessional programs.
dc.format Print-Electronic
dc.language eng
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2009.05.010
dc.title Learning strategies of first year nursing and medical students: a comparative study.
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent International journal of nursing studies
dc.journal.volume 12
dc.journal.volume 46
dc.journal.number 12 en_US
dc.publocation UK en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 1541 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 1547 en_US
dc.cauo.name FOH.Faculty of Health en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 1110 Nursing
dc.personcode 107686
dc.personcode 110950
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Nursing en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords Interprofessional learning Interprofessional education Medical students Nursing students en_US
dc.description.keywords Humans
dc.description.keywords Learning
dc.description.keywords Curriculum
dc.description.keywords Students, Medical
dc.description.keywords Students, Nursing
dc.description.keywords Adolescent
dc.description.keywords Adult
dc.description.keywords Middle Aged
dc.description.keywords Female
dc.description.keywords Male
dc.description.keywords Young Adult
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Health
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Health Services and Practice Research
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
utslib.collection.history Closed (ID: 3)

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