Outcomes of an Evidence-Based Research (EBR) Tool to Teach Online Research and Critical Thinking Skills

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/335375
Category:
Full-text
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Outcomes of an Evidence-Based Research (EBR) Tool to Teach Online Research and Critical Thinking Skills
Other Titles:
Education-Based Simulation
Author(s):
Long, JoAnn D.; Doumit, Rita; Gannaway, Paula; Ford, Cindy
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Iota Mu
Author Details:
JoAnn D. Long, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, joann.long@lcu.edu; Rita Doumit, PhD, MPH, RN; Paula Gannaway, BA, MLS; Cindy Ford, PhD, RN, CNE
Abstract:
Session presented on Saturday, July 26, 2014: Purpose: Advances in global technologies have changed how students access evidence-based information. Research suggests nursing students overestimate their ability to accurately acquire online research and lack the critical thinking skills to evaluate the trustworthiness of the scientific literature. In response to this need a research team created an online Evidence-based Research (EBR) tool to enhance student research skills. The EBR tool is located on a secured university website and is accessible online or by smart phone. The purpose of this project is to report the outcomes of the EBR tool on student research skills and to discuss the use of the data for program and institutional effectiveness metrics. Methods: We used a quasi-experimental, pre-test post-test mix-method design. The research questions are 1) Does the use of the online EBR tool increase student self-report of research skills? 2) Does self-reported data triangulate with embedded questions assessing student acquisition of evidence-based research skills? Data was collected from six cohorts over an 18 month period from 2012-2013 using first semester RN/BSN (n=85) and MSN (n=70) students in a southwestern university. Pre/post-test data was analyzed by t-test. Narrative data was analyzed by word count and clustering into recurring themes. Results: A statistically significant difference between mean pre and post-test research skills was found in both RN/BSN and MSN students (t = 6.10, p < 0.001; t = 8.23, p < 0.001) moving students from perceived 'good' research skills to 'very good' after use of the EBR tool. Descriptive data from two case-based questions embedded within the EBR tool supports 84% of students can correctly apply PICO search terms to online search skills and 76% are able to differentiate the steps needed for critical appraisal of the research literature. Conclusion: It is imperative that nursing educators find effective ways to teach evidence-based research skills to students using methods relevant to today's learner. The data from this study suggests the technology-based EBR tool effectively enhanced student online evidence-based research skills and producing objective data suitable for programmatic evaluation of student research skills usable for programmatic evaluation and institutional assessment. International testing of the tool is underway.
Keywords:
Evidence-based; research and critical thinking; technology
Repository Posting Date:
17-Nov-2014
Date of Publication:
17-Nov-2014 ; 17-Nov-2014
Other Identifiers:
INRC14G03
Conference Date:
2014
Conference Name:
25th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Hong Kong
Description:
International Nursing Research Congress, 2014 Theme: Engaging Colleagues: Improving Global Health Outcomes. Held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kong

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dc.titleOutcomes of an Evidence-Based Research (EBR) Tool to Teach Online Research and Critical Thinking Skillsen
dc.title.alternativeEducation-Based Simulationen
dc.contributor.authorLong, JoAnn D.en
dc.contributor.authorDoumit, Ritaen
dc.contributor.authorGannaway, Paulaen
dc.contributor.authorFord, Cindyen
dc.contributor.departmentIota Muen
dc.author.detailsJoAnn D. Long, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, joann.long@lcu.edu; Rita Doumit, PhD, MPH, RN; Paula Gannaway, BA, MLS; Cindy Ford, PhD, RN, CNEen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/335375-
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Saturday, July 26, 2014: Purpose: Advances in global technologies have changed how students access evidence-based information. Research suggests nursing students overestimate their ability to accurately acquire online research and lack the critical thinking skills to evaluate the trustworthiness of the scientific literature. In response to this need a research team created an online Evidence-based Research (EBR) tool to enhance student research skills. The EBR tool is located on a secured university website and is accessible online or by smart phone. The purpose of this project is to report the outcomes of the EBR tool on student research skills and to discuss the use of the data for program and institutional effectiveness metrics. Methods: We used a quasi-experimental, pre-test post-test mix-method design. The research questions are 1) Does the use of the online EBR tool increase student self-report of research skills? 2) Does self-reported data triangulate with embedded questions assessing student acquisition of evidence-based research skills? Data was collected from six cohorts over an 18 month period from 2012-2013 using first semester RN/BSN (n=85) and MSN (n=70) students in a southwestern university. Pre/post-test data was analyzed by t-test. Narrative data was analyzed by word count and clustering into recurring themes. Results: A statistically significant difference between mean pre and post-test research skills was found in both RN/BSN and MSN students (t = 6.10, p < 0.001; t = 8.23, p < 0.001) moving students from perceived 'good' research skills to 'very good' after use of the EBR tool. Descriptive data from two case-based questions embedded within the EBR tool supports 84% of students can correctly apply PICO search terms to online search skills and 76% are able to differentiate the steps needed for critical appraisal of the research literature. Conclusion: It is imperative that nursing educators find effective ways to teach evidence-based research skills to students using methods relevant to today's learner. The data from this study suggests the technology-based EBR tool effectively enhanced student online evidence-based research skills and producing objective data suitable for programmatic evaluation of student research skills usable for programmatic evaluation and institutional assessment. International testing of the tool is underway.en
dc.subjectEvidence-baseden
dc.subjectresearch and critical thinkingen
dc.subjecttechnologyen
dc.date.available2014-11-17T13:50:56Z-
dc.date.issued2014-11-17-
dc.date.issued2014-11-17en
dc.date.accessioned2014-11-17T13:50:56Z-
dc.conference.date2014en
dc.conference.name25th International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationHong Kongen
dc.descriptionInternational Nursing Research Congress, 2014 Theme: Engaging Colleagues: Improving Global Health Outcomes. Held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kongen
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