Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Mixed-Methods Study: The Effect of Embodied Learning on Nursing Students' Presence, Wellbeing, Relationships with Patients, and Learning Experience
by Rongmuang, Suda, Ph.D., California Institute of Integral Studies, 2018, 245; 10812009
Abstract (Summary)

Embodied practices are central to the cultivation of nursing presence, but are rarely taught in nursing programs. This study proposed the use of brief embodied learning practices embedded in a nursing course. It quantitatively and qualitatively examined the impact of such a program experienced by 22 first-semester students in a registered nursing program. Embodied meditation (e.g., sensing and shifting attention to the body) and inquiry exercises (e.g., interacting with others while remaining fully present in oneself) were introduced in theory and skill lab classes during an 8-week Foundations of Nursing course taught in the spring semester of 2017. Fourteen students completed the embodied learning program as well as pretest and posttest questionnaires. Eighty-six percent of participants reported increased scores on embodied presence as measured by the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire (FFMQ). Their posttest score on the FFMQ was greater than their pretest score with a moderate to high effect size (p < .05, d = .75). A majority of participants reported positive changes in their wellbeing, learning ability, learning outcomes, relationships with patients, and satisfaction with the instruction of embodied learning, as measured by an Impact Questionnaire. Participants’ satisfaction with embodied learning was greater than their satisfaction with conventional instruction (p < .05). The study found a positive correlation between increases in participants’ FFMQ scores and their overall exam scores in the course (p < .01). Qualitative data from a focus group aligned with the quantitative findings. The results suggest practice guidelines for teaching embodiment within the context of content learning in nursing courses.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hartelius, Glenn
Commitee: Jordan, Margaret M., Stiles, Kim A.
School: California Institute of Integral Studies
Department: East-West Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 79/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Education, Adult education, Health education, Curriculum development
Keywords: Embodied learning, Learning outcomes, Nursing education, Nursing presence, Wellbeing
Publication Number: 10812009
ISBN: 9780355991598
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