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ERIC Number: ED566782
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 139
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3394-8158-6
The Relationship between Self-Directed Learning Readiness and Student Retention in Nursing Education
Larmon, Brandy H.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Delta State University
Retention in higher education, especially nursing education, is a concern for nurse educators. Due to the needs of nurse graduates and practicing nurses, the characteristic of self-directed learning in students is often an educational goal of a rigorous nursing curriculum. Program retention is often impacted by such demands. This study, based upon Bandura's Self-Efficacy Theory (1997) and his Social Learning Theory (1977), sought to investigate the possible correlational relationship between student retention and self-directed learning readiness among first-time, first-year nursing students of associate degree students at community colleges in Mississippi. Students were surveyed and retention status gathered at the conclusion of the semester. Using a variation of the Pearson r, the point-biserial correlation coefficient, data analysis supported no relationship between the variables. Further research is recommended in evaluating the tool's effectiveness regarding outcomes, tool subscales, and evaluating other factors of student retention and participation such as environment. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi