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Students' conceptions of the effectiveness of clinical teachers in nursing Kelly, Claudette


The purpose of this descriptive study was to determine: a) similarities and differences between conceptions of second and third year college-based nursing students regarding effective clinical teachers; b) if either groups' opinion was affected by the instructor's contractual agreement; and c) if students' conceptions could provide a theoretical framework for further empirical research into clinical teacher effectiveness. Transcript analysis of the thirty interviews with second and third year students in a three year college based diploma nursing program revealed that students are capable of identifying factors which enhance their learning in the clinical area, although second and third year students differed somewhat in their perceptions of effective clinical teachers. Lastly, a significantly greater number of full-time faculty than part-time faculty were described as most effective [X²=8.66 (df=1) p.<.01].

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