• Rusnani Ab Latif Kubang Kerian Nursing College, Kelantan, Malaysia



Introduction: Nurse Educators are the main driving force in promoting the interest of nursing students to learn.  The nursing education system needs to be updated and carried out research in the field of curriculum reform. Concept mapping is an innovative teaching method and can be reflected in meaningful learning. Methodology: This study involved 109 nursing students from two nursing colleges in Kubang Kerian Nursing College (Kelantan) represent East Zone and Pulau Pinang Nursing College represent North Zone. The respondents were selected using simple random sampling. The descriptive values of items were expressed as means, standard deviations, frequencies and percentages. Results: The results of this analysis show that students receive good use of concept maps in teaching and learning. Overall mean their acceptance towards concept map is 3.44. The students’ perception towards concept mapping among nursing students shows that positive-medium. Conclusion: Concept mapping is one method that aims to improve the meaningful learning among students. For this reason, nurse educators must think and reexamine the best method to teach and to empower nursing students to learning. It is because nowadays nurses need high critical thinking skills and a critical thinking disposition because everyday nurses encounter with multiple patients with the same health care needs. However, each patient responds to these needs differently.


Perception, Nursing students, Concept mapping, Learning tool


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How to Cite

Rusnani Ab Latif. (2018). THE STUDENTS’ PERCEPTION TOWARDS USING CONCEPT MAPPING AS A LEARNING TOOL. Malaysian Journal of Medical Research (MJMR), 2(3), 22-29.