Pyrex Journal of Educational Research and Reviews(PJERR)

December 2016 Vol. 2(6), pp. 59-66

ISSN: 2985- 8879

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Team Based Learning Application Exercises in Nursing Education: A Review of Literature

Deborah U. Eti

Chamberlain College of Nursing, 11025 Equity Drive, Houston, TX 77041, USA.

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Accepted 19th December, 2016


The need for instructional strategies that engage the student, improve academic achievement, and enhance the transfer of learning to real-world encounters has increased dramatically. To achieve this goal in the field of higher education, various strategies are used. One of such strategies is team-based learning (TBL). TBL is a learner-centered instructional strategy that promotes engagement, collaboration, and transfer of learning. While the literature is rife with research studies on the effectiveness of the TBL instructional strategy, research studies on the use and effectiveness of specific TBL application exercises within nursing education is sparse. This literature review examines the existing research evidence on the use of TBL application exercises in nursing education and the existing gaps. The results showed that most studies compared TBL to the traditional lecture approach, and no specific studies focused on the impact of TBL application exercises on the learning outcomes of nursing students. Although positive results were noted with the TBL strategy, other studies failed to identify the types of application exercises used. The results suggest that research gaps exist regarding the use and effectiveness of application exercises, the key element of the TBL instructional sequence. More high quality TBL research studies are needed to build and support the use of effective TBL application exercises within nursing education.

Keywords: Active learning, nursing education, team collaboration, concept mapping, case studies.

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