Date of Award

Spring 5-1989

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)



Committee Director

Christine Heine

Committee Member

Angela Martin

Committee Member

Elaine R. Dimino

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.N8M43


The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI) and Videotape instruction on cognitive, transfer and retention learning consequences of RN students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. The sample consisted of 18 registered nurses who were enrolled in a sophomore level physical assessment course. The research design was a pretest-posttest experimental design. Mastery of Learning Theory and Transfer of Learning Theory provided the theoretical framework for this study. The Mann Whitney U Test, significant at P(.05, was performed to test for significant differences between the groups on the dependent variables. The major findings of this study were that there were no significant differences between the use of CAI and the use of Videotape Instruction on cognitive, transfer or retention of learning consequences. Demographic information was composed of female nurses under the age of 40, who work full time and have worked as an RN for greater than five years.


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