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Innovative Strategies for Teaching Nursing Research in Taiwan

Liou, Shwu-Ru; Cheng, Ching-Yu; Tsai, Hsiu-Min; Chang, Chia-Hao

doi: 10.1097/NNR.0b013e31829fd827

Background: Evidence-based practice is imperative in clinical settings because it bridges the gap between research findings and clinical practice. Promoting nursing student interest and enthusiasm for research is therefore crucial when teaching nursing research.

Objective: The aim of thus study was to develop innovative teaching strategies that increase nursing students’ interests and engagement in research.

Methods: This study employed a descriptive, pretest–posttest, quasiexperimental design with 103 participants in the experimental group and 106 in the control group. The Attitudes toward Research Questionnaire, Classroom Engagement Scale, Self-Directed Learning Instrument, Nursing Eight Core Competencies Scale, Value of Teams survey, and a research knowledge test were applied to evaluate the outcomes of the innovative teaching strategies.

Results: Scores for the research knowledge test were significantly higher in the experimental group than in the control group in posttest 1 and posttest 2. After the intervention, participants in the experimental group exhibited higher scores on attitudes toward research, eight core competencies in nursing,value of teams, classroom engagement, and self-directed learning than participants in the control group. Students in the experimental group perceived a lower degree of pressure and higher degrees of interest, enjoyment, and acceptance of the research course than students in the control group.

Conclusions: This study confirmed that using innovative teaching strategies in nursing research courses enhances student interest and enthusiasm about evidence-based practice.

Shwu-Ru Liou, PhD, RN, is Associate Professor; Ching-Yu Cheng, PhD, RN, is Associate Professor; Hsiu-Min Tsai, PhD, RN, is Associate Professor; and Chia-Hao Chang, PhD, is Associate Professor Chang Gung University of Science and Technology, Chiayi, Taiwan.

Accepted for publication May 29, 2013.

The authors acknowledge the National Science Council in Taiwan for funding this study.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Corresponding author: Ching-Yu Cheng, PhD, RN, Chang Gung University of Science and Technology, 2 Chiapu Rd. West Sec., Putz, Chiayi, Taiwan 613 (e-mail:

© 2013 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.