This quasi-experimental, quantitative design based on a grand theory developed for this study explores whether a course designed to allow students to investigate their own environment will affect retention rates of nursing students. A convenience sample of 11 participants were recruited to take the course and data from 185 students was provided for the control group. The course was taken over the Summer and the retention was measured at the beginning of the Fall semester (R1), the end of the Fall semester (R2) and then at the beginning of the Spring semester (R3). The study demonstrated that there was a significant difference between the groups with a higher ranking of those who took the course for R2 but no difference between the groups for R1 and R3. This is a considerable finding that the Investigations into Economic Class in America course could help with retention rates of beginning nursing students.
|Commitee:||Salmeron, Lois, Mannahan, Carol, Diener, Elizabeth|
|School:||Oklahoma City University|
|School Location:||United States -- Oklahoma|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/4(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Nursing, Education, Higher education|
|Keywords:||economic class, grand theory, Investigations into Economic Class in America, nursing student retention, quasi-experimental design, retention|
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