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Enfermería Global

On-line version ISSN 1695-6141


GUERRA MARTIN, Mª Dolores. Nursing students' opinions about problem based learning. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2009, n.17. ISSN 1695-6141.

Introduction: Since the academic year 2005/2006 the Department of Nursing at the University of Seville, Spain has promoted the implementation of the strategy of problem-based learning (PBL) in nursing degrees. The experience of PBL in the nursing services administration course at the Teaching Unit Valme, during 2007/2008 is presented in this study. Objective: To know nursing students' opinions about PBL. Method: We conducted two questionnaires specifically designed to find out the views of students about the tutor's work and teamwork. Questionnaires have been conducted at the end of the course in an anonymous and voluntary way. Results: The sample consists of 53 students enrolled in the subject in the Valme Teaching Unit. They answered in the questionnaire: 51 students (96.22 %). Average score of the tutor (responses 100 % of the sample): Timeliness: 8.78; attention and listening: 8.64; adequacy of targets: 8.52; adequacy of teaching method: 8.13 and adequacy of resources: 7.92. Cronbach alpha: 0.914. Average of team work (100 % replies of the students): Timeliness: 7.76; constructive involvement: 7.72; Completing tasks: 7.90; respect for others: 8.25 and ability to work in teams: 7.66. Cronbach alpha: 0.793. Conclusions: We believe it is appropriate to establish improvement strategies throughout the process and evaluation of the PBL. This method of learning is important to bear in mind, so as to improve the quality of education. The launch of the European credit system facilitates the implementation of this method of learning.

Keywords : Nursing Students' Opinions; Problem Based Learning; Learning Methods.

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