Research Question • Research Question: Do case studies improve learning outcomes as outlined by course objectives in the area of content knowledge and application of that knowledge? • Research Context: Anatomy and Physiology I course; students in a large lecture (n = or < 100). First semester of a basic science required for nursing program • Students are a mix of traditionally and non-traditionally aged. Some students are practitioners already at lower level (CNA or AND). • My question is interesting because: I want to know if content is actually learned. Most studies in this area use really broad assessments like exam grade, course grade or opinions. I want to do item analysis.
Research Methodology • Compare pre-existing data with new data following intervention (use of case studies) Data will be analysis of responses on questions designed to capture learning objectives
Alignment of Research Question and Methodology I will analyze correct responses on certain MC items as indication of “learning” content knowledge. I will use written explanations offered as to why student chose certain response (eliminates guessing variable). I will compare with data from past semesters.