The Effectiveness of Conceptual Map Teaching Method on Short and Long Term Learning in Nursing Students


Atefeh Ghanbari 1 , * , Ezzat Paryad 1 , Maryam Ehsani 1

1 Iran

How to Cite: Ghanbari A, Paryad E , Ehsani M . The Effectiveness of Conceptual Map Teaching Method on Short and Long Term Learning in Nursing Students, Strides Dev Med Educ. 2010 ; 7(2):e60521.


Strides in Development of Medical Education: 7 (2); e60521
Published Online: January 15, 2011
Article Type: Research Article
Received: August 20, 2017
Accepted: November 23, 2010




Background & Objective: Teaching basic principles of nursing cares requires applying innovative educational methods. Conceptual map method as a new teaching strategy facilitates creative thinking, teaching, learning and evaluation processes. This study aimed at comparing this method with traditional teaching methods in order to use the results for improving theoretical trainings and consequently the quality of nursing care services.
Methods: This semi-experimental study was performed in a pre & post test form. Nursing students of one semester in Rasht Shaheed Beheshti Nursing & Midwifery School were taught 4 sessions of water and electrolytes by conceptual map method (experimental group) and the nursing students of the following semester were taught by the traditional method (control group). The two groups were compared by applying pre and post tests. Data were analyzed through SPSS, version 16 and by using Chi-square, paired t-test and independent t-test.
Results: Teaching by conceptual map method could significantly (p<0.05) improve mean post test score in the experimental group (12.41±4.7) compared to the control group (9.64±5.06). Mean reminding scores of experimental group (11.72±4.85) and control group (9.33±5.24) showed a significant difference too (P<0.05).
Conclusion: Results of this survey confirmed the effectiveness of conceptual map in learning process of nursing students. Using this method is highly recommended in teaching materials that require deep learning.


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