Evaluating the Student Clinical Learning Environment: Development and Validation of the SECEE Inventory

Kari Sand-Jecklin, Abstract Sand-Jecklin
2000 Southern Online Journal of Nursing Research Issue   unpublished
This paper describes the refinement and testing of the Student Evaluation of Clinical Education Environment (SECEE) inventory, which measures nursing student perceptions of their clinical learning environment. The applied cognition and cognitive apprenticeship learning theories highlight the significance of the learning environment as a factor in student learning. Although a quality clinical learning experience is considered critical to nursing education, no comprehensive instruments measuring
more » ... truments measuring the clinical learning environment have yet been published. A convenience sample of nursing students from two small liberal arts institutions and one large university completed the 31-item SECEE inventory during the spring 1998 semester. Data analysis indicated that students responded consistently to the instrument as a whole and to its four sub-scales. Test-retest correlations for students completing evaluating the same clinical site twice during a three-week interval were positive, while there were no relationships between the test-retest correlations for students evaluating different clinical sites during the same three-week interval. Significant differences between scale scores were found between institutions and between clinical site groups at the smaller institutions. Student narrative comments also supported the validity of item content. Overall, the SECEE inventory appears to be a reasonably valid and reliable measure. Minor page 2 changes are suggested for future revisions.