Learning Objective 1: Discuss the cognitive maturity
Learning Objective 2: Discuss the rationale for the possible link between cognitive maturity and evidence-based practice readiness.
Methods: A multi-site, cross-sectional, correlational design is used. Data collection takes place through on-line completion of instruments. A convenience sample of 600 prospective respondents from five regions across the United States completed data collection instruments online. Based on the pilot response rate of 27.4%, this assured a response well beyond the minimum required to perform the regression analysis. Adequate sample size for six predictors to achieve statistical power of .90 with moderate effect size of .15 was determined using the statistical software, G*Power. To examine proportional representation, analysis will be conducted using the stratifying variables of gender, race, and program level. Three instruments were used: Reasoning about Current Issues (RCI) to measure cognitive development: Upton & Upton’s (2003) Evidence-Based Practice Questionnaire (EBPQ), and a Participant Demographic Form.
Results: Data collection was extended to assure an adequate number of doctoral students for analysis. Analysis will be complete in Spring 2011.
Conclusion: Significance: Findings provide groundwork for longitudinal study of cognitive developmental across the educational experience and for testing of educational strategies to promote development.
Funded by the National League for Nursing, submitted with their permission.
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