The Cookie Experiment: A Innovative Strategy for Teaching Nursing Research in Taiwan

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/243257
Category:
Full-text
Type:
Presentation
Title:
The Cookie Experiment: A Innovative Strategy for Teaching Nursing Research in Taiwan
Author(s):
Liou, Shwu-Ru; Cheng, Ching-Yu; Tsai, Hsiu-Min
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
N/A
Author Details:
Liou, Shwu-Ru, PhD, RN, srliou5022@gmail.com; Cheng, Ching-Yu, PhD, RN; Tsai, Hsiu-Min, PhD, RN;
Abstract:
Purpose: To examine the effects of a teaching strategy on nursing students’ understanding of research procedures, confidence in participating in research, and attitudes toward research.

Methods: The study was a quasi-experimental design. One-hundred nursing students, who were in a two-year RN-to-BSN program and enrolled in the Nursing Research course, completed both pre- and post-test. Thiel’s (1987) Cookie Experiment, which allows students to experience research designs and procedure, was applied as a teaching strategy in the class. Two weeks before the Experiment, students filled out a questionnaire measuring their attitudes toward nursing research (pretest). On the day of the Experiment, students were asked to taste cookies by following a standard procedure and complete the 17-item Cookie Assessment Tool. After the Experiment, students shared how they related the Experiment to research procedure in the class and completed the questionnaire they did in pretest (posttest). Descriptive statistics and Wilcoxon Signed test were used to analyze the data.

Results: Mean age of the students was 21.23, and majority of them were not taking research course for the first time and never employed for any nursing-related jobs. Before the Cookie Experiment, students felt they were not familiar with research procedure or interested in conducting research, and had low confidence in participating in research. After the Experiment, their familiarity with and understanding of research procedure and acceptance of the course were improved. Majority of the students felt the Experiment helped them in learning especially in research purposes, questions, designs, sampling, ethics, and presenting results. They thought Nursing Research was a course worth taking and the Experiment should be applied in the class.

Conclusion: Nursing Research can be an interesting and practical course if appropriate and creative teaching strategies are applied. More teaching strategies and activities like the Cookie Experiment can be developed to improve student learning.

Keywords:
learning attitudes; nursing research; teaching strategy
Repository Posting Date:
12-Sep-2012
Date of Publication:
12-Sep-2012 ; 12-Sep-2012
Conference Date:
2012
Conference Name:
23rd International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Brisbane, Australia

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dc.language.isoenen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleThe Cookie Experiment: A Innovative Strategy for Teaching Nursing Research in Taiwanen
dc.contributor.authorLiou, Shwu-Ruen
dc.contributor.authorCheng, Ching-Yuen
dc.contributor.authorTsai, Hsiu-Minen
dc.contributor.departmentN/Aen
dc.author.detailsLiou, Shwu-Ru, PhD, RN, srliou5022@gmail.com; Cheng, Ching-Yu, PhD, RN; Tsai, Hsiu-Min, PhD, RN;en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/243257-
dc.description.abstract<b>Purpose: </b>To examine the effects of a teaching strategy on nursing students&rsquo; understanding of research procedures, confidence in participating in research, and attitudes toward research. <p><b>Methods: </b>The study was a quasi-experimental design. One-hundred nursing students, who were in a two-year RN-to-BSN program and enrolled in the Nursing Research course, completed both pre- and post-test. Thiel&rsquo;s (1987) Cookie Experiment, which allows students to experience research designs and procedure, was applied as a teaching strategy in the class. Two weeks before the Experiment, students filled out a questionnaire measuring their attitudes toward nursing research (pretest). On the day of the Experiment, students were asked to taste cookies by following a standard procedure and complete the 17-item Cookie Assessment Tool. After the Experiment, students shared how they related the Experiment to research procedure in the class and completed the questionnaire they did in pretest (posttest). Descriptive statistics and Wilcoxon Signed test were used to analyze the data. <p><b>Results: </b>Mean age of the students was 21.23, and majority of them were not taking research course for the first time and never employed for any nursing-related jobs. Before the Cookie Experiment, students felt they were not familiar with research procedure or interested in conducting research, and had low confidence in participating in research. After the Experiment, their familiarity with and understanding of research procedure and acceptance of the course were improved. Majority of the students felt the Experiment helped them in learning especially in research purposes, questions, designs, sampling, ethics, and presenting results. They thought Nursing Research was a course worth taking and the Experiment should be applied in the class. <p><b>Conclusion: </b>Nursing Research can be an interesting and practical course if appropriate and creative teaching strategies are applied. More teaching strategies and activities like the Cookie Experiment can be developed to improve student learning.en
dc.subjectlearning attitudesen
dc.subjectnursing researchen
dc.subjectteaching strategyen
dc.date.available2012-09-12T09:19:43Z-
dc.date.issued2012-09-12-
dc.date.issued2012-09-12en
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-12T09:19:43Z-
dc.conference.date2012en
dc.conference.name23rd International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationBrisbane, Australiaen
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