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Exploring nursing students' experiences with different teaching pedagogies: A Mixed-Methods study

Browne, C.ORCID: 0000-0003-4793-1454, Wall, P. and Walters, J. (2022) Exploring nursing students' experiences with different teaching pedagogies: A Mixed-Methods study. Journal of Nursing Education, 61 (3). pp. 147-152.

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Educational methods continue to evolve to meet the challenge of teaching undergraduate nursing students. Innovative teaching pedagogies require nursing students to be actively involved in their own learning compared with traditional didactical styles.


Students were exposed to three distinct teaching pedagogies: inquiry-based, online, and educator-led during their second year of study. Students' learning preferences were explored using a mixed-methods approach. Quantitative data were collected using an online questionnaire, followed by a focus group interview.


The quantitative data revealed students preferred being taught directly from educators rather than through self-directed and online study. Manifest content analysis of qualitative data revealed four categories that supported student learning and five categories that hindered student learning.


Students struggled when required to be self-directed in their learning. Students reported feeling uncertain and overwhelmed initially, which highlighted the importance of strong social and academic support to facilitate effective learning.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Nursing
Publisher: Slack
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