Assisting Nursing Students through Linguistic Modification of Multiple Choice Questions

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/308671
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Assisting Nursing Students through Linguistic Modification of Multiple Choice Questions
Author(s):
Sanders, Susan T.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
N/A
Author Details:
Susan T. Sanders, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, susan.sanders@kaplan.com
Abstract:

Session presented on: Monday, November 18, 2013

Background:The difficulties encountered by nursing students to succeed in nursing school are well-documented. Challenges include but are not limited to the lack of financial resources, family pressures including single parent status, and the necessity to work while enrolled as a nursing student. Nursing faculty and students rated “taking multiple choice tests” as the most difficult task in language and culture-related skills encountered in a nursing program (Bosher, 2008).

Nursing students with English as a second language (ESL) and English as an additional language (EAL) encounter all the previously identified challenges and potentially have cultural and language issues as well. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing identifies “there is some relationship between lack of English language proficiency and NCLEX® performance” (NCSBN 2005, p. 245).

Description:Kaplan Nursing enlisted assistance from Dr. Susan Bosher to identify and correct item-writing flaws within multiple choice questions (MCQs). Approximately 1000 multiple choice items were revised using linguistic modification. Nursing students have the opportunity to read the original test item and compare it with the revised item upon review of their practice tests (subject based).  The linguistic modification provided clear, direct and concrete questions and answers.

Outcomes/Implications: Implications for faculty point to an opportunity to revise test items for greater clarity and to reduce the language load of nursing school tests.  Linguistic modification of nursing test items also provides an opportunity for nursing and language faculty to collaborate on the modification of test items.

Keywords:
Linguistic Modification; Multiple Choice Questions
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleAssisting Nursing Students through Linguistic Modification of Multiple Choice Questionsen_GB
dc.contributor.authorSanders, Susan T.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentN/Aen_GB
dc.author.detailsSusan T. Sanders, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, susan.sanders@kaplan.comen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/308671-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on: Monday, November 18, 2013</p><b>Background:</b>The difficulties encountered by nursing students to succeed in nursing school are well-documented. Challenges include but are not limited to the lack of financial resources, family pressures including single parent status, and the necessity to work while enrolled as a nursing student. Nursing faculty and students rated “taking multiple choice tests” as the most difficult task in language and culture-related skills encountered in a nursing program (Bosher, 2008). <p>Nursing students with English as a second language (ESL) and English as an additional language (EAL) encounter all the previously identified challenges and potentially have cultural and language issues as well. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing identifies “there is some relationship between lack of English language proficiency and NCLEX<sup>® </sup>performance” (NCSBN 2005, p. 245). <p><b>Description:</b>Kaplan Nursing enlisted assistance from Dr. Susan Bosher to identify and correct item-writing flaws within multiple choice questions (MCQs). Approximately 1000 multiple choice items were revised using linguistic modification. Nursing students have the opportunity to read the original test item and compare it with the revised item upon review of their practice tests (subject based).  The linguistic modification provided clear, direct and concrete questions and answers. <p><b>Outcomes/Implications:</b> Implications for faculty point to an opportunity to revise test items for greater clarity and to reduce the language load of nursing school tests.  Linguistic modification of nursing test items also provides an opportunity for nursing and language faculty to collaborate on the modification of test items.en_GB
dc.subjectLinguistic Modificationen_GB
dc.subjectMultiple Choice Questionsen_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:34:34Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:34:34Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_GB
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