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The use of learning contracts in mental health nursing clinical placement: an action research.

Authors
  • Chien, Wai-tong
  • Chan, Sally Wai-chi
  • Morrissey, Jean
Type
Published Article
Journal
International Journal of Nursing Studies
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2002
Volume
39
Issue
7
Pages
685–694
Identifiers
PMID: 12231025
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This paper examines the implementation of learning contracts with a cohort of undergraduate nursing students in Hong Kong during a mental health nursing clinical placement. An action learning approach was used by the researchers. Data collection methods included questionnaires and semi-structured interviews. Results showed that students' autonomy and motivation in clinical learning increased through the use of learning contracts. There was more sharing between students and teachers and the quality of teaching and learning was improved. The report concludes that contract learning should be integrated into the curriculum of nurse education as a learning strategy for nursing students.

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