The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

1999 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

Respiratory care educators' preferences for textbooks and instructional aids: A survey.

Arthur Jones, EdD, RRT, David C. Shelledy, PhD, RRT, Janet Deguzman, BS, RRT. The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

OBJECTIVE: To describe the preferences and uses among RC educators for textbooks and instructional aids.

Methods: We developed and pilot-tested a written questionnaire, in-house. One hundred RC programs were selected by simple random sample. Two questionnaires were mailed to each program (N = 200). Returns were analyzed by spreadsheet.

Results: Questionnaires (n = 81) were returned for analysis. Contacts with non-respondents yielded only 3 responses, prohibiting comparison of respondents with non-respondents. The important attributes of textbooks were readability, accuracy and comprehensiveness. The most frequently used aid was the instructor's manual. Computer-based tests were the most useful aid; 35 mm slides were least useful. Computer-based media, videos and case studies are in demand.

Conclusions: Generalization is limited by a 40% response. Authors and publishers should ensure the quality features of a text; e.g., readability, accuracy and organization. Also, they should disseminate computer-based aids. There is a paucity of materials for studies in alternate site care and polysomnography. A future study should survey students about their preferences for instructional aids.

Instructors' perceptions of the usefulness of accompanying materials

1-Very Useful 2 3 4 5-Useless
Computerized Test Questions 39 (46%) 28 (33%) 12 (14%) 5 (6%) -
Computerized Presentations 36 (43%) 21 (25%) 15 (18%) 10 (12%) 3 (4%)
Instructor's Manual 34 (40%) 31 (37%) 17 (20%) 1 (1%) 1 (1%)
Hard Copy Test Items 30 (36%) 29 (34%) 19 (23%) 6 (7%) -
Videotapes 30 (36%) 31 (37%) 18 (21%) 5 (6%) -
Computer Clip-Art 30 (36%) 18 (21%) 19 (23%) 12 (14%) 5 (6%)
35 mm Slides 17 (20%) 20 (24%) 15 (18%) 18 (21%) 9 (11%)

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