Critical thinking dispositions and learning styles of baccalaureate nursing students from China
Article first published online: 4 AUG 2008
© 2008 The Authors. Journal Compilation © 2008 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
Nursing & Health Sciences
Volume 10, Issue 3, pages 175–181, September 2008
How to Cite
Zhang, H. and Lambert, V. (2008), Critical thinking dispositions and learning styles of baccalaureate nursing students from China. Nursing & Health Sciences, 10: 175–181. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-2018.2008.00393.x
- Issue published online: 4 AUG 2008
- Article first published online: 4 AUG 2008
- Received 23 December 2007; accepted 20 February 2008
- baccalaureate nursing students;
- critical thinking dispositions;
- learning styles
Abstract Although considerable information exists regarding the learning styles and critical thinking dispositions of nursing students from Western countries, limited comparable information exists within China. The purposes of this study were to assess the learning styles and critical thinking dispositions of Chinese baccalaureate nursing students and to identify the relationships among the learning styles, critical thinking dispositions, and demographics. The sample consisted of 100 Chinese baccalaureate nursing students enrolled at two universities. The data were obtained through a Demographic Data Questionnaire, the California Critical Thinking Disposition Inventory, and the Index of Learning Styles. The primary learning style dimensions were found to be reflective, sensing, visual, and global, while the critically thinking abilities was found to be weak. A number of positive and negative correlations were found among the demographics, learning styles, and critical thinking dispositions. These findings suggest further examination on how to increase nursing students' critical thinking skills based upon their preferred learning styles.