Mapping Cantor's Dust: Mathematical Understanding of Nursing Students

Vagliardo, James J. and Schmittau, Jean (2008) Mapping Cantor's Dust: Mathematical Understanding of Nursing Students. In: Concept Maps: Theory, Methodology, Technology. Proc. of the Third Int. Conference on Concept Mapping. Tallinn University, Tallinn, Estonia, pp. 508-515. ISBN 978-9985-58-584-9

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Nursing education literature documents the extent to which student nurses fail to correctly use mathematics to accurately complete such tasks as unit conversions, dosage calculations, and fluid monitoring. Guided by "The Maths for Nurses" taxonomy established by Pirie (1987), a five part protocol was developed and used as the basis for semi-structured clinical interviews with 24 student nurses. Concept maps were used in analyzing the results. These revealed the nature of the conceptual knowledge of the student nurses which, for a significant number, was sufficiently fragmented to merit the designation “Cantor's Dust” (Gleick, 1987). In the absence of meaningful relational connections and integrated cross linkages, the student nurses failed to correctly apply mathematics to nursing in a wide variety of clinical contexts.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Paper, CMC2008, Concept Mapping in Mathematics
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Q Science > QA Mathematics
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Depositing User: Mr. Ernest Prats
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2015 12:00
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2015 12:00

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