Hollywood in the Classroom: Using Feature Films to Teach

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Abstract

Feature films have been successfully used in other disciplines to teach both undergraduate and graduate students but are seldom used in nursing. The purpose of this study was to evaluate two classes of BSN student's perceptions of viewing films as an alternative to some clinical time in a psychiatric mental-health nursing course. A 12-item, 7-point Likert-type scale was constructed to assess students' beliefs about the value of films as a learning experience. An experienced faculty member evaluated the instrument for content validity. Coefficient alpha for the 12-item scale was .95. The film experience was highly rated by the students in learning and liking. Using films to teach nursing is a creative way to engage students in learning complex material.

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