The Impact of a Senior Seminar Book Group Assignment on Graduates' Reading Practices

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/152969
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Presentation
Title:
The Impact of a Senior Seminar Book Group Assignment on Graduates' Reading Practices
Abstract:
The Impact of a Senior Seminar Book Group Assignment on Graduates' Reading Practices
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2011
Author:Butell, Sue, MSN
P.I. Institution Name:Linfield Good Samaritan School of Nursing
Title:Professor of Nursing
[2nd International Nursing Research Conference for the World Academy of Nursing Science - Presentation] This poster presentation, targeted toward nurse educators, describes the process of evaluating reading habits of graduates following a book group assignment in their senior global health course. The purpose of the study was to survey students over time as to their reading preferences, attitudes toward book discussion groups and their response to the book group process. This research describes the process of evaluating the immediate and post graduation outcomes from a previously reported book group teaching strategy (Butell S., O'Donovan P., Taylor J. (2004). Instilling the value of reading literature through student-led book discussion groups. Journal of Nursing Education 43(1),40-44). Quantitative findings revealed that at six months, the appeal of reading professional literature and of participating in a book group continued at statistically significant levels. Findings also indicated that book group participation had been a profoundly positive experience. Quantitative findings revealed that participants remained overwhelmingly positive about the book group experience. The novelty of the assignment offered a change of pace, a chance to expand their minds, and a chance to experience belonging to a group. A limitation of the study was that it used a non-random convenience sample rather than a randomly selected one. While the response rate was good, whether the sample was truly representative for a group of graduating seniors was questionable. Offering a pleasurable and stimulating book group assignment in a senior course serves many purposes, such as reading a non-text book without guilt, providing a positive social experience, and instilling the liberal arts value of reading for lifelong learning. Modeling a book group format by a faculty of readers also provides students with an experience that could foster their future professional development. Implications for faculty include the enticement to stay current with literature relevant to the assignment and the promotion of intellectual enrichment and conversation.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Impact of a Senior Seminar Book Group Assignment on Graduates' Reading Practicesen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/152969-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">The Impact of a Senior Seminar Book Group Assignment on Graduates' Reading Practices</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2011</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Butell, Sue, MSN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Linfield Good Samaritan School of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Professor of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">sbutell@linfield.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[2nd International Nursing Research Conference for the World Academy of Nursing Science - Presentation] This poster presentation, targeted toward nurse educators, describes the process of evaluating reading habits of graduates following a book group assignment in their senior global health course. The purpose of the study was to survey students over time as to their reading preferences, attitudes toward book discussion groups and their response to the book group process. This research describes the process of evaluating the immediate and post graduation outcomes from a previously reported book group teaching strategy (Butell S., O'Donovan P., Taylor J. (2004). Instilling the value of reading literature through student-led book discussion groups. Journal of Nursing Education 43(1),40-44). Quantitative findings revealed that at six months, the appeal of reading professional literature and of participating in a book group continued at statistically significant levels. Findings also indicated that book group participation had been a profoundly positive experience. Quantitative findings revealed that participants remained overwhelmingly positive about the book group experience. The novelty of the assignment offered a change of pace, a chance to expand their minds, and a chance to experience belonging to a group. A limitation of the study was that it used a non-random convenience sample rather than a randomly selected one. While the response rate was good, whether the sample was truly representative for a group of graduating seniors was questionable. Offering a pleasurable and stimulating book group assignment in a senior course serves many purposes, such as reading a non-text book without guilt, providing a positive social experience, and instilling the liberal arts value of reading for lifelong learning. Modeling a book group format by a faculty of readers also provides students with an experience that could foster their future professional development. Implications for faculty include the enticement to stay current with literature relevant to the assignment and the promotion of intellectual enrichment and conversation.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T11:57:08Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T11:57:08Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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