Application of Service Learning Method in the Training of Nursing Students


Ashraf Khorrami Rad 1 , * , Kobra Akhond Zadeh 1 , Zahra   Abedini 1 , Saiedeh Heydari 1

1 Iran

How to Cite: Khorrami Rad A , Akhond Zadeh K ,  Abedini Z, Heydari S . Application of Service Learning Method in the Training of Nursing Students, Strides Dev Med Educ. 2010 ; 7(2):e60528.


Strides in Development of Medical Education: 7 (2); e60528
Published Online: January 15, 2011
Article Type: Research Article
Received: August 20, 2017
Accepted: November 10, 2010




Background & Objective: The most important aim of each educational approach is to promote learners level of knowledge and attitude. Undoubtedly, Service Learning educational methods are more efficient than others. The aim of the present study was to determine the efficacy of Service Learning Method on knowledge and attitude of nursing students in regard to AIDS.
Methods: In a quasi- experimental study, 34 nursing students in the 2nd semester of 2009 were selected by census sampling method and randomly divided into two experimental and control groups. Educational program of AIDS was thought to the experimental and control groups by service learning and traditional methods respectively. Knowledge and attitude of the two groups as well as a target group (51 employed nurses) were determined before and after the intervention. Data analysis was done using descriptive statistics and Chi-square test.
Results: Mean post test knowledge and attitude scores of experimental and control group showed significant difference (p<0.05). There was also significant difference between pre and post-test knowledge scores of the target group (p<0.05) while, their attitude score of target group did not show significant difference before and after of intervention (p>0.05).
Conclusion: Service Learning is more efficient in improving knowledge and attitude of nursing students. Therefore, further researches for evaluating the problems of applying this method are recommended.


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