This descriptive research aimed to study the learning outcomes from the use of a student centered instruction by mean of integration between authentic leaning and community academic service in a subject called Human Society Environment and Health run during the academic year 2011 with 100 first year students at Boromarajonani Nakhonratchasima Nursing College. The data on students' perceived learning outcomes and students' satisfaction were collected using a learning outcome questionnaire constructed under the guidelines in the Thai Qualifications Framework for Higher Education (TQF:HEd). The results revealed the followings:1. The students' overall perceived learning outcomes according to the TQF:HEd was in the High level (mean = 4.37, SD = 0.55). Likewise, their perceived learning outcomes for all learning aspects were also at the High level, with the aspect on inter-personal skills and responsibility gained the highest mean score (mean = 4.57, SD = 0.51), followed by moral and ethics (mean = 4.43,SD = 0.52), numerical analytic, communicative, and technological skills (mean =4.33, SD=0.60), knowledge (mean = 4.32,SD = 0.51), and intellectual skills (mean = 4.20, SD = 0.59). 2. Students expressed their satisfaction towards the integrated instruction in the High level both overall (mean = 4.18, SD = 0.77) and in all sub items - the highest mean score was for the teacher (mean = 4.33, SD = 0.80), followed by learning improvement (mean = 4.26, SD = 0.75), and course management (mean = 3.94, SD = 0.76).The students also suggested that this type of integrating instruction could make them improve their learning skills with authentic problems that they could summarize their knowledge and give practical feedbacks to the community.
Suchada Wongsawat, Boromarajonani Nakhonratchasima Nursing College, Thailand
Wareewan Sirivanij, Boromarajonani Nakhonratchasima Nursing College, Thailand
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