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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/155362
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Measuring Self Directed Learning in Graduate Nursing Students
Abstract:
Measuring Self Directed Learning in Graduate Nursing Students
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2006
Author:Rutledge, Dana N., PhD, RN
P.I. Institution Name:California State University, Fullerton
Title:Associate Professor, Nursing
Background. Factors found to influence graduate success have been demographic, grade averages, and GRE scores. Correlations between factors and success (graduate GPA) were weak/moderate (Ainslie et al., 1976; Thomas, 1977). Self-directed learning readiness (SDLR) is an individual trait accounting for amount of responsibility learners accept for own learning (Fisher, King, & Tague, 2001), and may be important in academic success. No studies have evaluated its effect on graduate nursing success; in fact, graduate nursing students? SDLR is not reported.Purpose. To evaluate feasibility, psychometric properties of SDLR scale with new graduate students. Methods. 30 nurses at orientation to master?s program of California state university completed 40-item SDLR (Fisher et al.). Developed following literature review and Delphi technique with experts, when tested with Australian bachelor?s nursing students, SDLR had unidimensionality and internally consistent factors: self management, desire for learning, self control. Findings. 30/60 students returned the tool with complete responses. Average student was female (73%), had children (60%), mean age 35. Concentrations varied: CRNA (53%), FNP (23%), Women?s health /Midwifery (10%), nursing administration (7%), school nurse (7%). Overall SDLR internal consistency was good (a = .92); 36 items had individual item-total correlations > .30. Three reverse-coded items had low correlations. Subscale alpha coefficients were acceptable: self management (.84), desire for learning (.84), self control (.79). Discussion. Administration of SDLR at orientation was not ideal. Students hurried to finish. 3 of 4 items requiring reverse coding had poor item-total correlation scores, indicating students may not have ?caught? subtle wording changes. However, the psychometrics of SDLR seems adequate for use with graduate nursing students.Recommendations. Future SDLR administrations should follow careful instruction as to reverse coding for some items, and describe the response set. Further examination of SDLR for use with graduate students is warranted.
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.titleMeasuring Self Directed Learning in Graduate Nursing Studentsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/155362-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Measuring Self Directed Learning in Graduate Nursing Students</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">2006</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Rutledge, Dana N., PhD, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">California State University, Fullerton</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor, Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">drutledge1@cox.net</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Background. Factors found to influence graduate success have been demographic, grade averages, and GRE scores. Correlations between factors and success (graduate GPA) were weak/moderate (Ainslie et al., 1976; Thomas, 1977). Self-directed learning readiness (SDLR) is an individual trait accounting for amount of responsibility learners accept for own learning (Fisher, King, &amp; Tague, 2001), and may be important in academic success. No studies have evaluated its effect on graduate nursing success; in fact, graduate nursing students? SDLR is not reported.Purpose. To evaluate feasibility, psychometric properties of SDLR scale with new graduate students. Methods. 30 nurses at orientation to master?s program of California state university completed 40-item SDLR (Fisher et al.). Developed following literature review and Delphi technique with experts, when tested with Australian bachelor?s nursing students, SDLR had unidimensionality and internally consistent factors: self management, desire for learning, self control. Findings. 30/60 students returned the tool with complete responses. Average student was female (73%), had children (60%), mean age 35. Concentrations varied: CRNA (53%), FNP (23%), Women?s health /Midwifery (10%), nursing administration (7%), school nurse (7%). Overall SDLR internal consistency was good (a = .92); 36 items had individual item-total correlations &gt; .30. Three reverse-coded items had low correlations. Subscale alpha coefficients were acceptable: self management (.84), desire for learning (.84), self control (.79). Discussion. Administration of SDLR at orientation was not ideal. Students hurried to finish. 3 of 4 items requiring reverse coding had poor item-total correlation scores, indicating students may not have ?caught? subtle wording changes. However, the psychometrics of SDLR seems adequate for use with graduate nursing students.Recommendations. Future SDLR administrations should follow careful instruction as to reverse coding for some items, and describe the response set. Further examination of SDLR for use with graduate students is warranted.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T13:46:25Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T13:46:25Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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