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The effects of a communication enhancement program based on action learning
Journal of the Korean Data & Information Science Society 2018;29:453-65
Published online March 31, 2018
© 2018 Korean Data and Information Science Society.

Young Ji Ko1 · Ju-Yeon Uhm2 · Hyun Sil Kim3

123Department of Nursing, Daegu Haany University
Correspondence to: Professor, Department of Nursing, Daegu Haany University, Gyeongsan-si 38610, Korea. E-mail:
Received January 19, 2018; Revised February 22, 2018; Accepted March 2, 2018.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Effective communication among healthcare workers is crucial for quality of nursing. Students have achieved their course outcomes and been more satisfied in the teaching method guiding active involvement. Action learning provides students opportunities that they can communicate bilaterally with others. We conducted this study to develop a communication enhancement program based on action learning and evaluated the effects of the program on nursing students’ interpersonal communication, relationship, and self-esteem. Subjects were 45 sophomores nursing students who enrolled in a communication class. Data were collected using a questionnaire and analyzed using SPSS 23.0 program. Results indicated that the communication enhancement program significantly increased interpersonal communication (t = -2.291, p = .027) and relationship (t = -3.013, p = .004). However, self-esteem was not significantly increased (t = -0.661, p = .512). Such programs including the communication enhancement based on action learning should be applied extensively in communication curriculum.
Keywords : Action learning, communication, nursing students.