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IJPR 9[3] July - September 2017 Special Issue

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Mind Map Learning Technique: An Educational Interactive Approach

Abstract: Introduction: Traditional methods such as using chalk and board or lecture are amongst the best means of information transfer, but there is no guarantee of knowledge transfer through such methods. Visual teaching techniques (mind map) help effective learning in 65% of visual learners. Nowadays, critical thinking is increasingly gaining ground in the education of nursing students, which is applied through various educational strategies including mind mapping as one of these innovative learning methods. Therefore, the present study was designed and implemented to evaluate the effectiveness of the Mind Map Learning Technique (MMLT) to improve the learning of nursing students. Methods: In the present quasi-experimental study, two equal groups of six-semester nursing students were selected for four sessions of Nursing Management course in two separate classrooms of intervention and control groups. Students in both classrooms were identical in terms of age and gender. A sample size of 40 students was determined per classroom. In this study, the mind mapping process consisted of five steps, which were taught to students before the study onset. Finally, the researcher used a written test and an assessment sheet as data collection tools to achieve the study objectives. Results: Overall, all students in the intervention group agreed with the new method of teaching. Also, the results of the independent t-test revealed statistically significant (P < 0.05) differences between mean scores in learning lessons obtained by the intervention and control groups. Discussion and conclusion: Both nursing graduates and students should be able to think critically to solve clinical problems. The best strategy to do this is to acquire the skills needed to draw mind maps, which should be addressed by clinical instructors and nursing schools. A review on the current state of science in terms of conceptual mapping indicates that this learning method can help nursing educators to prepare students for active learning of critical thinking in order to work in complex health care centers.
Keyword: Mind Map, Nursing, Learning
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