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The development of a clinical learning environment scale

Dunn, Sandra and Burnett, Paul (1995). The development of a clinical learning environment scale. Journal of Advanced Nursing,22(6):1166-1173.

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Title The development of a clinical learning environment scale
Author Dunn, Sandra
Burnett, Paul
Journal Name Journal of Advanced Nursing
Publication Date 1995
Volume Number 22
Issue Number 6
ISSN 0309-2402   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 1166
End Page 1173
Total Pages 8
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Language English
Abstract Within nursing, there is a strong demand for high-quality, cost-effective clinical education experiences that facilitate student learning in the clinical setting. The clinical learning environment (CLE) is the interactive network of forces within the clinical setting that influence the students' clinical learning outcomes. The identification of factors that characterize CLE could lead to strategies that foster the factors most predictive of desirable student learning outcomes and ameliorate those which may have a negative impact on student outcomes. The CLE scale is a 23-item instrument with five subscales: staff-student relationships, nurse manager commitment, patient relationships, interpersonal relationships, and student satisfaction. These factors have strong substantive face validity and construct validity, as determined by confirmatory factor analysis. Reliability coefficients range from high (0.85) to marginal (0.63). The CLE scale provides the educator with a valid and reliable instrument to evaluate affectively relevant factors in the CLE, direct resources to areas where improvement may be required, and nurture those areas functioning well. It will assist in the application of resources in a cost-effective, efficient, productive manner, and will ensure that the clinical learning experience offers the nursing student the best possible learning outcomes.
Keywords Scales
Faculty, Nursing
Students, Nursing
Factor analysis
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2648.1995.tb03119.x   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
Additional Notes Accepted manuscript pp. 1-9


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