Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Degree Program

College of Nursing


The purpose of this study was to identify the most effective clinical teaching behaviors (ECTB) perceived by Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) and Baccalaureate Degree Nursing (BSN) students. An exploratory, descriptive design was implemented. ADN and BSN students (N=55) were surveyed using the Clinical Teaching Evaluation (CTE) instrument designed by Fong (1991). The CTE consists of 25 teaching behaviors that are ranked on a five point Likert-type scale according to importance. The collected data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Significant differences in perceptions of ECTB between the two groups were identified by a Mann Whitney U procedure.

The study findings indicate ADN and BSN students hold similar perceptions of ECTB, but perceive the ordered rank of importance differently. ADN students ranked highest the clinical teaching behavior “demonstrates skills, attitudes, and values that are to be developed by the student” BSN students ranked this behavior fifth most important. BSN students ranked the instructor behavior “shows genuine interest in patients and their care” highest, the ADN students ranked this behavior second highest.


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