Development of a Multi-Disciplinary, Evidence-Based Tool to Enhance Student Research Skills and Critical Thinking Decision Points Using the World Wide Web and a Mobile Phone App

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/201898
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Development of a Multi-Disciplinary, Evidence-Based Tool to Enhance Student Research Skills and Critical Thinking Decision Points Using the World Wide Web and a Mobile Phone App
Abstract:
(41st Biennial Convention) Purpose:  Technological advances have changed how students and faculty access information. Research suggests both groups may overestimate their research and critical thinking skills in acquiring and judging the trustworthiness of the scientific literature.  The purpose of this project is to facilitate evidence-based (EB) research skills by creating a tool to enhance critical thinking decision points.  The EB tool will be accessed through the WWW and a mobile phone App. Methods:  This pilot project uses a descriptive, mix-method research design.  The research questions for this study are 1) Does the use of an EB tool increase the effectiveness of student research skills? 2) Does the use of an EB tool increase student critical thinking as expressed in writing?  A literature review of research methods across disciplines was conducted to identify common processes encompassing EB definitions, processes, and methods.  An EB tool was constructed which uses links to existing web resources and prompts the user to systematically evaluate critical decision points while researching and evaluating information sources for the purpose of writing a quality research paper.  The tool will be placed on the university library website and a mobile App link created. A group of student and faculty will take the Online Research Readiness Self-Assessment before and after using the tool and faculty and student focus groups conducted to determine usability and effectiveness of the EB tool. Results: Data will be collected from a pilot group of students and faculty using the EB tool in the spring of 2011.  Conclusion:  Nursing is advancing the EB practice movement in academia. The use of an EB  tool to enhance critical thinking decision points may assist students and faculty with research skills and critical thinking as expressed in writing.  The authors acknowledge the support for this study provided by an Institutional Small Grant through EquipLCU.
Keywords:
Technology; critical thinking; Research utilization; Evidence-based
Repository Posting Date:
11-Jan-2012
Date of Publication:
4-Jan-2012
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleDevelopment of a Multi-Disciplinary, Evidence-Based Tool to Enhance Student Research Skills and Critical Thinking Decision Points Using the World Wide Web and a Mobile Phone Appen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/201898-
dc.description.abstract(41st Biennial Convention) Purpose:  Technological advances have changed how students and faculty access information. Research suggests both groups may overestimate their research and critical thinking skills in acquiring and judging the trustworthiness of the scientific literature.  The purpose of this project is to facilitate evidence-based (EB) research skills by creating a tool to enhance critical thinking decision points.  The EB tool will be accessed through the WWW and a mobile phone App. Methods:  This pilot project uses a descriptive, mix-method research design.  The research questions for this study are 1) Does the use of an EB tool increase the effectiveness of student research skills? 2) Does the use of an EB tool increase student critical thinking as expressed in writing?  A literature review of research methods across disciplines was conducted to identify common processes encompassing EB definitions, processes, and methods.  An EB tool was constructed which uses links to existing web resources and prompts the user to systematically evaluate critical decision points while researching and evaluating information sources for the purpose of writing a quality research paper.  The tool will be placed on the university library website and a mobile App link created. A group of student and faculty will take the Online Research Readiness Self-Assessment before and after using the tool and faculty and student focus groups conducted to determine usability and effectiveness of the EB tool. Results: Data will be collected from a pilot group of students and faculty using the EB tool in the spring of 2011.  Conclusion:  Nursing is advancing the EB practice movement in academia. The use of an EB  tool to enhance critical thinking decision points may assist students and faculty with research skills and critical thinking as expressed in writing.  The authors acknowledge the support for this study provided by an Institutional Small Grant through EquipLCU.en_GB
dc.subjectTechnologyen_GB
dc.subjectcritical thinkingen_GB
dc.subjectResearch utilizationen_GB
dc.subjectEvidence-baseden_GB
dc.date.available2012-01-11T10:58:56Z-
dc.date.issued2012-01-04en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-01-11T10:58:56Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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