Chinese baccalaureate nursing students' readiness for self-directed learning

Hao Bin Yuan, Beverly A. Williams, Jin Bo Fang, Dong Pang

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Abstract

This descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted with 536 Chinese nursing students to explore students' readiness for self-directed learning (SDL). The Self-Directed Learning Readiness (SDLR) Scale for nursing education (Chinese translation version) was used. The value of the content validity index tested by five experts was 0.915. A measure of internal consistency (Cronbach's alpha) was 0.925 on the total scale. Students possessed readiness for SDL with a mean score of 157.72 (S.D.= 15.08, 62.3% in high level, and 37.7% in low level). The attributes of Chinese students, such as a strong sense of responsibility and perseverance, due diligence and rigorous self-discipline, enable students to take the initiative and responsibility for their own learning. The existing variation in students' readiness for SDL is helpful in identifying student characteristics that might be used to modify learning activities for these students. Senior students had higher scores for SDLR than junior students. This finding likely reflects the maturational process of developing self-directedness. Promoting SDL skills is a challenging process for faculty members and students. It is helpful if nurse educators assess the learning styles and preferences of their students in order to determine the level of SDL activities to include from year to year in the curriculum.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)427-431
Number of pages5
JournalNurse Education Today
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2012

Keywords

  • China
  • Nursing
  • Readiness
  • Self-directed learning
  • Student

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