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The Integrated Curriculum in Accredited Baccalaureate Nursing Programs in the United States

Johnson Essiet, Evaleen (1983) The Integrated Curriculum in Accredited Baccalaureate Nursing Programs in the United States. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh.

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The use of the integrated curriculum in nursing education continues to be questioned. This study was designed to answer the following
concerns: (1) The extent of integration in nursing programs. (2) The advantages and disadvantages of the integrated curriculum as identified
by the study population. (3) Activities which nursing educators see as contributing to the success of the integrated program. (4) The attitudes of the study population toward integrated baccalaureate nursing programs. (5) Student and faculty satisfactions with the integrated curriculum as perceived by the study population. (6) The extent to which nursing programs are planning curriculum revisions either towards or away from integration. (7) What tools/activities are being employed to assess the effectiveness of the integrated curriculum.

The study sample consisted of 177 of the 287 specified programs in existence.

Content validity of the total questionnaire was established by a panel of experts. The reliability of the Likert scale was .80.

The findings indicated that: (1) The term "integrated curriculum " does not have the same meaning for all educators. (2) There are definite
advantages to the utilization of integration in baccalaureate programs in nursing, but there are also major disadvantages. (3) Research
needs to be conducted to solve problems related to curriculum models in baccalaureate nursing education.

Recommendations included: (1) A replication of this study be carried out with a larger number of faculty from a smaller number of randomly selected schools. (2) Adelphi study be conducted to obtain a consensus on the terminology and definitions essential for nursing curriculum development practices. (3) A needs assessment tool be developed to obtain faculty perceptions of their curriculum development inservice needs. (4) Evaluation research be conducted to give direction to future curriculum development in baccalaureate programs in nursing.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Doctoral Dissertation)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Johnson Essiet, Evaleen
Date: 21 July 1983
Date Type: Completion
Number of Pages: 225
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2023 14:58
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2023 14:58


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