Improvement of nursing students' critical thinking skills through problem-based learning in the People's Republic of China: A quasi-experimental study

Haobin Yuan, Wipada Kunaviktikul, Areewan Klunklin, Beverly A. Williams

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Abstract

A quasi-experimental, two-group pretest-post-test design was conducted to examine the effect of problem-based learning on the critical thinking skills of 46 Year 2 undergraduate nursing students in the People's Republic of China. The California Critical Thinking Skills Test Form A, Chinese-Taiwanese version was used as both a pretest and as a post-test for a semester-long nursing course. There was no significant difference in critical thinking skills at pretest, whereas, significant differences in critical thinking skills existed between the problem-based learning and lecture groups at post-test. The problem-based learning students had a significantly greater improvement on the overall California Critical Thinking Skills Test, analysis, and induction subscale scores compared with the lecture students. Problem-based learning fostered nursing students' critical thinking skills.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-76
Number of pages7
JournalNursing and Health Sciences
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • China
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Improvement
  • Nursing student
  • Problem-based learning

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