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Mental health student nurse's satisfaction with problem based learning. A qualitative study.

Jones, Gerwyn 2017. Mental health student nurse's satisfaction with problem based learning. A qualitative study. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice 12 (2) , pp. 77-89. 10.1108/JMHTEP-02-2016-0018

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Purpose To investigate undergraduate pre-registration mental health nurse’s satisfaction with problem based learning, in light of the dearth of such studies and to influence future teaching and learning strategies. Method This is a qualitative research study. Sixteen students from three cohorts were interviewed in two focus groups. Data analysis was consistent with Seidel & Kelle (1995) which involved noticing relevant phenomena, collecting examples of these phenomena and subsequently analysing these to find commonalities, differences, patterns and structures. Findings Student experiences were categorised in five themes indicating that they perceived PBL as a novel, flexible approach to adult learning, which fostered decision making and critical thinking. Student engagement with the process was heavily influenced by the contribution of the end product to their degree classification. They also expressed concerns about working in groups and whether the depth of learning was comparable with traditional methods. However, they presented well considered recommendations for future practice to address the perceived deficits of PBL. Originality/value This study adds to the body of research relating to the application of problem-based learning in mental health nurse education. Well considered, student generated recommendations are presented which can enhance student motivation, engagement and learning. These are arguably of value to other educationists interested in this approach to teaching and learning.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Problem based learning, nurse education, mental health nursing, qualitative research, focus groups
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 1755-6228
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 21 September 2016
Date of Acceptance: 6 July 2016
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 00:15

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