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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
Educational Administration and Leadership
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W. Robert Kiser
This study employed a heuristic -participant evaluation of the instruction of the web-based Essentials of Critical Care Orientation (ECCO) program using two research questions: (1) How well does the ECCO adhere to Bloom's theory of mastery learning and instruction; and (2) What effect, if any, does this have on the participant RN? Evaluation findings demonstrated that the ECCO is 66 hours of expository instruction with little to no meaningful feedback, correction, or enrichment activity, is not well aligned, and has significant design flaws related to objectives and transfer of instruction and to the processes of instruction. This results in the participant RN being left to his own devices to achieve mastery. Heuristic findings demonstrated the effect on the participant RN - feelings of frustration, resentment, fear, lack of confidence, and apprehension which in sum outweigh feelings of accomplishment and yield a compulsion to leave critical care practice. Discussion includes implications of findings and results, recommendations for the ECCO program improvement, and concludes with suggestions for future research.
Seal, Mitchell J.. (2007). Mastery learning and the essentials of critical care orientation : a heuristic participant evaluation. University of the Pacific, Dissertation. https://scholarlycommons.pacific.edu/uop_etds/658