Application and Effectiveness of Sharestart Teaching in Gerontological Nursing Courses
The age gap between university students and older adults possibly results in nursing students’ failure to understand and care for older adults, in turn reducing their learning depth in gerontological nursing courses. The research participants were 110 fourth-year nursing students from two classes at a university of science and technology. The Sharestart teaching model was implemented on these participants; specifically, these participants engaged in simulated interactions with older adults, conducted in-person interviews with older adults in local communities, watched instructional videos about dementia, as well as participated in group discussions and presentation. Furthermore, the participants’ learning outcomes were assessed through diverse means, including participants writing up worksheets, completing a satisfaction questionnaire developed by the authors of this study, and providing qualitative feedback. A quantitative analysis on the participants’ learning outcomes revealed that their academic performance improved in the academic year of 2016-2017. According to the satisfaction questionnaire administered to the participants at the end of the semester, the participants had higher satisfaction with the Sharestart teaching compared with conventional teaching. A qualitative analysis on the students’ feedback showed that the Sharestart teaching “improved my learning outcomes,” “assisted in my learning process of the course,” “increased my empathy toward older adults,” “enhanced my memory for learned concepts through practical experience,” “enabled me to empathize for others,” “confronted me with the powerlessness of older adults in the face of diseases,” “urged me to think about future life with dementia,” and “made me realized that life is worth celebrating.” The Sharestart teaching employed in this study facilitated interactions between students in the gerontological nursing course and older adults, thereby creating a warm learning environment and improving nursing students’ interest in and outcomes of learning.
|關鍵詞||老人護理、學思達教學法、gerontological nursing、Sharestart teaching|