Collaborative testing: Assessing teamwork and critical thinking behaviors in baccalaureate nursing students

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The purpose of this study was to foster teamwork and critical thinking behaviors in baccalaureate nursing students using a collaborative testing environment. Collaborative testing affords the nurse educator a unique opportunity to actively influence the development of critical thinking skills directly influencing the nursing student's ability to solve complex patient problems. Using a quasi-experimental approach exam scores from students in prior semesters were compared to students in several semesters using collaborative testing in one undergraduate course taught by the same faculty. In the experimental group collaborative testing was used in the two unit examinations, while the final examination remained individual. For collaborative testing the students were grouped by random assignment. They were not allowed the use of notes, textbooks, or other resource materials. Any student who wished to work alone was allowed do so and any student coming late (within 15. min of examination beginning) was required to work alone. Each student submitted individual examination answer forms, and groups were not required to reach consensus. Collaborative testing is one means to foster critical thinking by allowing students to solve complex patient problems within an examination environment. This better prepares them for national certification exams.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-282
Number of pages4
JournalNurse Education Today
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Baccalaureate
  • Collaborative testing
  • Critical thinking
  • Nursing education

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  • Education

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Collaborative testing : Assessing teamwork and critical thinking behaviors in baccalaureate nursing students. / Wiggs, Carol.

In: Nurse Education Today, Vol. 31, No. 3, 04.2011, p. 279-282.

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