n South African Journal of Higher Education - Learning styles among nursing students, the implications for higher education institutions : a systematic review : part 1 : contemporary issues in nursing

Volume 28, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



Understanding the learning styles of nursing students has been highlighted as an area in the scholarship of teaching that needs attention. The aim of this review was to determine the common learning styles of nursing students and the appropriate teaching styles needed. A search was conducted using various databases and journals for the period from 2000 to 2013. Two reviewers independently evaluated the methodological quality of the studies reviewed. The results are presented in a narrative. The 11 articles included in the review represented four continents and were primarily descriptive studies. The review highlighted that nursing students prefer the kinaesthetic and multimodal learning styles. Kinaesthetic learners prefer live examples and lots of interaction. Interactive and real-life experiences as teaching methodologies are the preferred methods of nursing students and are seen as a holistic approach that incorporates all of their senses of seeing, feeling, smelling, hearing and sometimes tasting.

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