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How Community College Nursing Faculty View Service Learning Integration

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2007
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The purpose of this study was to explore the attitudes and experiences of community college nursing faculty related to the integration of service learning. An exploratory case study was conducted at three Florida community college nursing programs. The data were collected primarily through structured interviews with 14 community college nursing professors, three nursing administrators, and one service learning coordinator along with document analysis and site observation. The researcher posed six research questions related to service learning integration. These six questions addressed: (a) the differentiation of service programs at the three sites, (b) the meaning of service learning, (c) faculty motivation to use service learning, (d) institutional supports needed by nursing faculty, (e) the obstacles that nursing faculty face, and (f) the strategies they use to overcome them. The major conclusions were that community college nursing faculty members are vital to the integration of service learning and need training in service learning procedures. Service learning has potential for further development in community college nursing programs and may lead to a perspective change in how nursing students view the social dynamics of nursing. Time and workload obstacles, along with confusion regarding service learning, clinicals and community service have contributed to the slow growth of SL in nursing programs. There is a need for new models to guide service learning integration in nursing education. Two models for integration of service learning into community college nursing are offered. Recommendations for practice, educational leadership and further research are presented.
Title: How Community College Nursing Faculty View Service Learning Integration.
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Name(s): Norris, Shelby D.
Guglielmino, Lucy M., Thesis advisor
Maslin-Ostrowski, Patricia, Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Created: 2007
Date Issued: 2007
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 149 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: The purpose of this study was to explore the attitudes and experiences of community college nursing faculty related to the integration of service learning. An exploratory case study was conducted at three Florida community college nursing programs. The data were collected primarily through structured interviews with 14 community college nursing professors, three nursing administrators, and one service learning coordinator along with document analysis and site observation. The researcher posed six research questions related to service learning integration. These six questions addressed: (a) the differentiation of service programs at the three sites, (b) the meaning of service learning, (c) faculty motivation to use service learning, (d) institutional supports needed by nursing faculty, (e) the obstacles that nursing faculty face, and (f) the strategies they use to overcome them. The major conclusions were that community college nursing faculty members are vital to the integration of service learning and need training in service learning procedures. Service learning has potential for further development in community college nursing programs and may lead to a perspective change in how nursing students view the social dynamics of nursing. Time and workload obstacles, along with confusion regarding service learning, clinicals and community service have contributed to the slow growth of SL in nursing programs. There is a need for new models to guide service learning integration in nursing education. Two models for integration of service learning into community college nursing are offered. Recommendations for practice, educational leadership and further research are presented.
Identifier: FA00000684 (IID)
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Includes bibliography.
Dissertation (Ph.D.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2007.
College of Education
Subject(s): Nursing--Study and teaching
Nurses--In-service training--Evaluation
Mentoring in education
Community health nursing--Study and teaching
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