Publication Date


Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Daryl Canham

Second Advisor

Toby Adelman


Self-directed learner, Adult learner, Life-long learner


One of the goals of nursing programs is to prepare students to be self-directed learners and assist them to meet the challenges in today's healthcare environment. Self direction is critical for lifelong learning, and it is imperative that nurses continue their education in order to provide high quality and competent care to patients. Students enter nursing programs with learning styles already established. Nursing faculty presuppose that the learning environment will be mutually respected, collaborative, and supportive. A clash between student learning styles and faculty teaching styles can have a great impact on the ultimate success of the student. This study focused on the self directed learning (SDL} readiness of baccalaureate of science in nursing (BSN) students. A convenience sample of BSN students in designated classes participated in a paper/pencil survey that measured self-directed learning readiness. The statistical analysis of the questionnaire which was completed by sixty nursing students, ten from each semester level, sophomore, junior and senior, found that age was the leading factor in self directed learning. Results identified the level of student readiness for SDL and assisted faculty to identify teaching methods that could be incorporated into the curriculum to more effectively meet the students' learning needs.

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