Effects of a psychomotor taxonomy performance scale on state anxiety in student nurses during the evaluation process

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Seymour, Margaret D
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 1989
This study was developed to examine the effect of two evaluation methods on the state anxiety levels of first year nursing students at Medicine Hat College in Southeastern Alberta. The two evaluation methods used were the critical elements method and the introduction of a psychomotor taxonomy scale. The nursing students were non-randomly placed into the control or the experimental group at the time of their registration. The control group was evaluated using the critical elements method and the experimental group using the psychomotor taxonomy scale. The nursing students' state anxiety was measured using the Spielberger (1977) state anxiety scale before and after testing sessions 1, 3, 5 and 9. The results showed that the control group had higher state anxiety scores than the experimental group on both the pre and post test. This showed that the use of the psychomotor taxonomy scale tended to arouse a lower level of state anxiety in the nursing students in the experimental group. Further research is required to study the relevance of this decrease in state anxiety and its effect on actual skill performance.
ca. 190 leaves ; 29 cm.
Nursing students -- Evaluation , Motor ability -- Testing , Test anxiety , Nurses -- Study and teaching