Use of Theory to Guide Integration of Virtual Reality Technology in Nursing Education: A Scoping Study
Background: There is growing interest among academic nurse educators in using virtual reality (VR) environments as a pedagogical tool to enhance student learning.
Purpose: The aim of this scoping study was to identify the theories or conceptual models that informed the application of virtual reality technology in nursing education programs.
Methods: A scoping study using the Arksey and O'Malley (2005) framework was conducted. A search strategy recommended and executed by a research librarian yielded 18 final articles for review.
Findings: There is limited use of theory or a conceptual model, particularly of nursing origin, to guide the integration of VR technology for student learning.
Discussion: More research is needed to define best practices for application of VR technology for specific curricular needs, and for theory development based on specific concepts and disciplinary perspectives of learning.
Bauce, K., Kaylor, M. B., Staysniak, G., & Etcher, L. (2023). Use of theory to guide integration of virtual reality technology in nursing education: A scoping study. Journal of Professional Nursing, 44, 1-7. Doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2022.10.003
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