About the project
The background for the study is the challenges many nursing students experience when it comes to learning anatomy and physiology. Several students have expressed a lack of confidence in relation to their knowledge in physiology, and at the same time, we know that this kind of confidence is needed to experience confidence in relation to their professional practice.
The purpose of the study is a) to gain knowledge of about how to use digital tools to facilitate active learning in physiology, and b) to gain knowledge about how the use of digital tools can support nursing students' learning processes in physiology.
The overall aim of this study is to explore how nursing students experience the use of digital tools in the design of the learning environment and in learning activities, and whether the design can support their learning in physiology. The research questions are the following:
- What significance do nursing students experience that the use of digital tools has for their participation and completion of learning activities in physiology?
- How do nursing students describe and justify their choices of strategies for learning physiology?
- How do nursing students describe the experience of confidence in relation to their own knowledge in physiology?
The phenomenon of learning is studied within a theoretical framework based on a sociocultural view of learning. Design-based research is used as the overall research design. Nursing students, enrolled in the course Anatomy and Physiology at the Department of Nursing and Health, VID, participate in the intervention. Data are collected through focus interviews and individually reflective notes. Data are analysed using qualitative content analysis and contradictions analyses.