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Sajadi M, Fayazi N, Fournier A, Abedi A R. The impact of the learning contract on self-directed learning and satisfaction in nursing students in a clinical setting. Med J Islam Repub Iran. 2017; 31 (1) :414-418
URL: http://mjiri.iums.ac.ir/article-1-3554-en.html
Academic Member of Traditional and Complementary Medicine Research Center (TCMRC), Department of Medical – Surgical, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Arak University of Medical Sciences, Arak, Iran. , Abedi.a@ArakMU.ac.ir
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Background: The most important responsibilities of an education system are to create self-directed learning opportunities and develop the required skills for taking the responsibility for change. The present study aimed at determining the impact of a learning contract on self-directed learning and satisfaction of nursing students.
   Methods: A total of 59 nursing students participated in this experimental study. They were divided into six 10-member groups. To control the communications among the groups, the first 3 groups were trained using conventional learning methods and the second 3 groups using learning contract method. In the first session, a pretest was performed based on educational objectives. At the end of the training, the students in each group completed the questionnaires of self-directed learning and satisfaction. The results of descriptive and inferential statistical methods (dependent and independent t tests) were presented using SPSS.
   Results: There were no significant differences between the 2 groups in gender, grade point average of previous years, and interest toward nursing. However, the results revealed a significant difference between the 2 groups in the total score of self-directed learning (p= 0.019). Although the mean satisfaction score was higher in the intervention group, the difference was not statistically significant.
   Conclusion: This study suggested that the use of learning contract method in clinical settings enhances self-directed learning among nursing students. Because this model focuses on individual differences, the researcher highly recommends the application of this new method to educators.

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Type of Study: Original Research | Subject: Nursing Education

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