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ERIC Number: ED222112
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 12
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Research Coursework in the Baccalaureate Nursing Curriculum: A Nationwide Study.
Bogal-Allbritten, Rosemarie B.; And Others
The status of nursing research content at the undergraduate level was investigated based on responses from 241 accredited bachelor of science (BSN) degree nursing programs. Sixty percent of the responding institutions were part of state university systems, while 39 percent were private, and 54 percent enrolled over 200 nursing majors. The class size for research courses generally ranged from 30 to 40 students. Courses were taught by a nursing faculty member 76 percent of the time and by a non-nursing faculty member 24 percent of the time. The 21-item questionnaire addressed course content, curriculum structure, and student attitudes toward research material. While research was accepted as a legitimate part of baccalaureate nursing education, a precise definition of research course content was lacking. There was little agreement on areas of emphasis in course content and curriculum. Questionnaire construction, interviewing techniques, document analysis, and coding and data reducing, for example, were emphasized in only 50 percent of the BSN programs. There also was little agreement on the type of project (individual vs. group) that should be used. It is suggested that there is a need for the integration of research content with the entire nursing curriculum, since the utilization of research has implications for the development of nursing theory and practice as well as for purposes of accountability in the field. It is also proposed that concrete guidelines for research course content and method at the BSN level are needed. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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