A Study to Assess the Opinion of Nursing Students’ Regarding the Choice of Library as their Preferred Learning Space in a Selected College of Nursing in New Delhi

Merlin Mary James, Neha John

Abstract


Background: Learning environment has a significant role in determining students’ academic achievement and learning. Learning environment refers to the diverse physical locations, contexts, and cultures in which students learn. Outside the classroom, undergraduate students have a decided preference to use the library for their academic work. Nursing professionals need a wide variety of health information to meet their clinical and educational needs.

Materials and Methods: Quantitative non-experimental research approach was conducted to assess the opinion of nursing students regarding the choice of library as their preferred learning space at Rufaida College of Nursing, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India. The samples were 104 nursing students of B.Sc. (Hons) nursing 3rd and 4th year, DGNM 3rd year, Post-basic nursing 2nd year and M.Sc. 2nd year. A structured opinionnaire was used to collect data from the samples.

Results: The results of the study revealed that out of 104 nursing students, majority (57.69%) of the nursing students spent 1-2 hours per week in library. Majority (81.73%) of nursing students had favorable opinion regarding choice of library as their preferred learning space.

Conclusion: The major conclusion drawn from the study was that although most of the students had a favorable opinion regarding choice of library as their preferred learning space, yet they spent less hours in the library. The study concludes that a university library should be designed in a way that its environment supports learning, which would indeed increase the footfall in the libraries.


Keywords


Choice of library, Nursing students, Opinion

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