Instruments measuring meaningful learning in undergraduate healthcare students: A systematic review protocol

Annamaria Bagnasco, Lucia Cadorin, Angela Tolotti, Nicola Pagnucci, Gennaro Rocco, Loredana Sasso

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Aim: To establish the psychometric properties of instruments to measure learning outcomes in healthcare students. Background: Meaningful learning is an active process that promotes a wider and deeper understanding of concepts. It is the result of an interaction between new and previous knowledge. Meaningful learning produces a long-term change in knowledge and skills, which is underpinned by willingness to learn and experience and it is exclusively built by the learner. Design: Systematic psychometric review protocol developed from Cochrane Effective Practice and Organization of Care guidance. Method: Searches of MEDLINE, CINAHL, SCOPUS, ERIC, PsycINFO, Cochrane Library, Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection Database between 1990-2013. Selected studies will be evaluated with the Consensus-based Standards for the selection of health status Measurement INstruments (COSMIN) checklist. Funding for the review was confirmed on January 2011 by the Centre of Excellence for Nursing Scholarship in Rome. Results: The systematic review will produce a synthesis of the data related to the instruments that measure learning outcomes. These data will help us decide which tools to use and identify the state of knowledge in this field. Conclusions: Measuring learning outcomes is very important for the large amount of human and financial resources employed in educating and training health professionals and this requires reliable and valid instruments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)655-664
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2015


  • Assessment
  • Critical thinking
  • Decision-making
  • Deep learning
  • Health education
  • Learning outcome
  • Meaningful learning
  • Nursing
  • Significant learning
  • Systematic review and meta-analyses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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