The Benefits Of Active Learning And Student Centered Teaching Strategies Improve Motivation And Performance Among Nursing Students

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Strategies to Increase Nursing Student Motivation “Passive recipients of face-to-face instructor designed and led classes” was how traditional education students were viewed (McGarry, Theobald, Lewis, & Coyer, 2015, p. 967). The researchers understood the challenges nurse educators faced in engaging students and cultivating new nursing graduates with skills benefitting societal and professional sustainability. The aim of this paper is to determine by integrative review whether active learning and student-centered teaching strategies improve motivation and performance among nursing students. Active learning strategies such as reflection, simulation, and feedback can increase motivation to learn in nursing students. Acknowledging successful teaching strategies improves student motivation and performance. Stimulating and sustaining student motivation through teaching strategies fosters a personal as well as a professional perspective of the nursing profession (Wilkes, Cowin, and Johnson, 2015). Strategies developed with a student-centered foundation in active and flexible learning improve motivation and performance (McGarry et al, 2015; Leong & Clutter, 2015). Leong and Clutter (215) described active learning as “the ability of the nursing students to learn and practice their skills without being told, ordered, or pushed” (p. 39). Does incorporating non-traditional teaching strategies improve student motivation and performance among nursing students? If so, what

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