•  
  •  
 

Abstract

The term conceptual understanding was analyzed to determine how educators can help students attain understanding in a concept based curriculum. The investigator sought to establish what salient dimensions and conditions supported conceptual understanding. A dimensional analysis of the term conceptual understanding was employed through a review of the literature in mathematics, science, psychology, and nursing education. The salient dimensions of conceptual understanding were identified as: factual and procedural knowledge, connections, transfer, and metacognition. The supporting properties included: meaningful learning activities, memorization, and misconceptions. The results substantiate conceptual understanding as a process. When this process is utilized by nurse educators, students may better connect and organize knowledge aiding in the knowledge transfer that occurs between theory and practice.

Keywords

Dimensional Analysis, Education, Conceptual Understanding

Author Bio(s)

Susan Mills is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Widener University. She has studied the benefits of conceptual understanding for students learning in a concept based curriculum. How students learn to calculate medication dosages has been the focus of her research on conceptual understanding. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: Susan Mills at, scmills@widener.edu.

Acknowledgements

The author wishes to acknowledge the wisdom and guidance of Dr. Barbara Patterson, PhD, RN and Dr. Jean Klein, PhD, RN.

Publication Date

3-19-2016

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 4.0 License.

Share

 
COinS
 

To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.