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A study of student perceptions of learning transfer from a human anatomy and physiology course in an allied health program


2006 2006

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Abstract (summary)

The purpose of this study was two-fold. First the study was designed to determine student perceptions regarding the perceived degree of original learning from a human anatomy and physiology course, and the student perception of the use of the knowledge in an allied health program. Second, the intention of the study was to establish student beliefs on the characteristics of the transfer of learning including those factors which enhance learning transfer and those that serve as barriers to learning transfer. The study participants were those students enrolled in any allied health program at a community college in a Midwest state, including: nursing, radiology, surgical technology, health information technology, and paramedic.

Both quantitative and qualitative data were collected and analyzed from the responses to the survey. A sub-group of participants were chosen to participate in semi-structured formal interviews. From the interviews, additional qualitative data were gathered. The data collected through the study demonstrated student perception of successful transfer experiences. The students in the study were able to provide specific examples of learning transfer experienced from the human anatomy and physiology course in their allied health program. Findings also suggested students who earned higher grades in the human anatomy and physiology course perceived greater understanding and greater use of the course's learning objectives in their allied health program. The study found the students believed the following learning activities enhances the transfer of learning: (1) Providing application of the information or skills being learned during the instruction of the course content enhances the transfer of learning. (2) Providing resource materials and activities which allow the students to practice the content being taught facilitates the transfer of learning.

The students made the following recommendations to remove barriers to the transfer of learning: (1) Teachers should be friendly, non-intimidating, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and organized to encourage successful transfer of learning. (2) Teachers should use different methods to teach ideas, get their students involved, and test over the content taught to facilitate the transfer of learning.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Science education;
Health education;
Community colleges
Classification
0714: Science education
0350: Health education
0275: Community colleges
Identifier / keyword
Health and environmental sciences; Education; Allied health; Human anatomy and physiology; Learning transfer
Title
A study of student perceptions of learning transfer from a human anatomy and physiology course in an allied health program
Author
Harrell, Leigh S.
Number of pages
303
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0138
Source
DAI-A 67/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542742781
Advisor
Seagren, Alan T.
University/institution
The University of Nebraska - Lincoln
University location
United States -- Nebraska
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3222744
ProQuest document ID
305277928
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305277928
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