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Doctor of Education


Center for the Advancement of Education


The conceptual framework used by Chabot College's Associate. Degree nursing program was criticized by the State Board of Nursing and by the nursing students as lacking in clarity and consistency in faculty implementation. The faculty subsequently discussed the need to formalized the conceptual framework and its implementation into a written guide book for use by both faculty and students. The purpose of this study was to develop, implement, and evaluate a guide book that would incorporate the conceptual framework of the nursing program's curriculum. The guide book was developed by the nursing faculty. Plans for its distribution to faculty and students were carried out during an orientation session at the beginning of the next academic year. At the end of the first quarter of its implementation, fifty-one students and six faculty members participated in evaluating the guide book through use of a questionnaire. The research question was: Is such a guide effective as a resource for students and faculty in implementing the conceptual framework in a clear and consistent manner? The results of the questionnaire and subsequent review by the State Board of Nursing indicated that the book was effective in lending clarity and consistency to the implementation of the program's conceptual framework. It was recommended by the faculty that the guide book be required for all students' purchase and that it be evaluated annually by faculty and the student Liaison committee for needed revision.

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