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Title: Agent-Based Models to Support Bioscience Learning in Nursing Education
Authors: Dubovi, Ilana
Lee, Victor
Issue Date: Jul-2018
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences, Inc. [ISLS].
Citation: Dubovi, I. & Lee, V. (2018). Agent-Based Models to Support Bioscience Learning in Nursing Education. In Kay, J. and Luckin, R. (Eds.) Rethinking Learning in the Digital Age: Making the Learning Sciences Count, 13th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2018, Volume 2. London, UK: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: This paper reports on a project to support bioscience learning of pharmacology in the undergraduate nursing curriculum. We designed an agent-based learning environment that represents the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic processes in pharmacology. To evaluate nursing students learning with the proposed agent-based environment, we conducted a quasi-experimental study. The results revealed that nursing students who learned with the agent-based environment gained significantly higher conceptual knowledge within the key concepts of pharmacology comparing to students who learned via lecture-based curriculum. These findings suggest an advantage with implementing explanatory agent-based models that point out the essential mechanisms underlying pharmacological phenomena in nursing education.
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