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ERIC Number: EJ835779
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1479-7860
Use of PharmaCALogy Software in a PBL Programme to Teach Nurse Prescribing
Coleman, Iain P. L.; Watts, Adam S.
Bioscience Education e-Journal, v10 Article 1 Dec 2007
Pharmacology is taught on a dedicated module for nurse prescribers who have a limited physical science background. To facilitate learning a problem-based approach was adopted. However, to enhance students' knowledge of drug action a PharmaCALogy software package from the British Pharmacological Society was used. Students were alternately given a lecture or encountered the software as a prelude to a short test a week later. The process was repeated with their roles reversed, followed by use of a questionnaire to evaluate user experience. Generally students receiving the lecture first performed better on the test but after experiencing both forms of learning there was little difference in performance. Response was positive with regard to the software especially the aspect of visualising drug interactions. However, lack of prior knowledge and paucity of time on task were seen as negative features. The responses indicate measures that may improve the student experience by taking greater note of learning styles and existing IT skills. (Contains 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom