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ERIC Number: ED319605
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 8
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Attitudes toward a Simulation Based Chemistry Curriculum for Nursing Students.
Dori, Yehudit
Chemistry anxiety exists among nursing students as well as other allied health professions. The causes for this anxiety may be attributed to three variables. Chemistry: (1) is perceived as difficult; (2) involves a multitude of facts; and (3) is not connected to reality. A curriculum with a simulation format has been developed to help Israeli nursing students cope with the obstacle of learning chemistry. It is enhanced by intensive written exercises and manipulative teaching aids. Examples include revival of a patient hurt in a traffic accident, and the diagnosis of metabolic acidosis by testing the pH of the blood. Analysis of open attitude questionnaires showed the development of more positive attitudes towards chemistry. The attitude change was attributed to the following: (1) the curriculum applied principles considered as essential by health care professionals and educators; (2) the textbook was written in Hebrew, thus removing the psychological barrier against using English textbooks; and (3) the approach established a link between the abstract ideas presented by pure chemistry and the real, everyday life of the nursing students' future profession. (Author/YP)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel