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Supporting nurses’ daily self-regulated learning behaviour via an online micro-intervention

Kattenberg, K.B. (2021) Supporting nurses’ daily self-regulated learning behaviour via an online micro-intervention.

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Abstract:Nursing is a dynamic profession and nurses need to stay up to date to perform well.Some changes where nurses have to deal with are disease patterns, treatment methods, medicine, improving biomedical science and ageing of the population which increases serious health issues.They are expected to take responsibility for their professional learning at the workplace, making the concept of lifelong learning increasingly important. Self-regulated learning (SRL) is a promising concept to approach lifelong learning at the workplace. However, nurses are not fully aware of SRL and find it especially hard to set learning goals and plan their learning process. One promising way to improve SRL behaviour is to increase the awareness of their learning strategies through the use of a daily diary. This could increase planning, self-monitoring, and self-reflection. Also, scaffolding has been suggested as a way to support learners in SRL. This study aims to investigate if an online micro-intervention supports nurses’ SRL behaviour. This was done via a treatment reversal design, also known as ABAB design. To measure nurses’ SRL behaviour, a daily questionnaire, performed via an app, was used. The app also released tips to the nurses during the intervention phases (B). The design takes place over 30 working days, in which the baseline phase and intervention occur three times each, and with 5 measurements each phase. Results showed that the nurses’ (N = 11) daily SRL behaviour was not significantly higher in the intervention phases (B) than in the baseline phases (A). This is in contrast with the expectations because it was indicated that the social and organizational factors play a crucial role in supporting nurses’ SRL. Suggestions for future research are to add personal factors to the micro interventions such as prior knowledge. Additionally, the SRL attitude was measured before and after the use of the app because of the reactivity that comes along with the SRL measurement. Results showed that the nurses (N= 10) SRL attitude significantly changed after the daily SRL measurement, which was in line with the expectations. Each workday the nurses record their learning moments, which also requires them to reflect upon their self-regulated learning. This ongoing reflection about their self-regulated learning probably affected the nurses SRL attitude due to metacognitive monitoring. The findings recommended using a learning diary to become aware of the use and importance of SRL.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
ZGT Hospital, The Netherlands
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
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