Today’s students, in general, and nursing students, in particular, are a part of a different learning environment. They live and learn in an environment that uses technology. One piece of technology that is easy to notice on many students is the iPod or some other brand of musical paraphernalia plugged into their ears, Nursing students use technology. The attitudes/perceptions of student nurses who listen to music while studying have been little researched. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) was completed and three college campuses of pre- nursing and first year nursing students in an associate of science degree program were sampled. This study explored the student nurses’ attitudes/perceptions of the affects of listening to music while they study. The purpose of the study was to survey student nurses’ current listening habits and attitudes regarding music as a possible learning enhancement. The research questions “What is the benefit to recall when the content to be learned is delivered through music?” and “What are student nurses’ perceptions of how listening to music assists them in studying?” were explored through a mixed methods study. This mixed methods study included qualitative (5 participants) and quantitative (33 participants). Using a t-test to compare pre and post test data along with NVivo ( a qualitative data analysis program) threads and themes recurred in testimonial from students of the many benefits gained through studying with music. Some of the threads identified were, a) “keeps me focused”, b) “it tunes out background noise” and c) “it helps me to remember the content I am studying”.
|Keywords:||Music, Pedagogy, Studying, Learning, Music and Learning, Music and Studying|
Assistant Professor, Nursing, Utah Valley University, Provo, Utah, USA
Chair Department of Nursing Utah Valley University, Department of Nursing, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah, USA
Clinical Instructor, Social Work, Utah State University, Provo, Utah, USA
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