The learning effects of using infant simulators in Family Life Education: A study of undergraduate students in Taiwan

Author/s:

Jang, Li-Fen*
Tzu-Chi University, Taiwan (lifen76209@mail.tcu.edu.tw)

Lin, Yi-Man
Chang Gung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan (marialin@gw.cgust.edu.tw)

Abstract:

The purpose of this study explored the perceptions of undergraduate students who employed simulator infants in Family Life Education. All of the participants (N=156) were undergraduate students majoring in Family Studies programs in Taiwan. The data collection included quantitative reports of proper care scores, questionnaire, and qualitative data from focus group interviews and students’ reflective journals. The results showed that participants realized the responsibilities, challenges and difficulties of caring for babies. They had more discussion and open communication with significant others. Infant simulators could be used in Family Life Education in undergraduate courses, and to provide the opportunity for students at the emerging adulthood to think about the consequences of unwanted pregnancy, commitment of parents, preparedness for being parents, and learning child care skills. The implications of the study indicated that infant simulators may be used in the stage of emerging adulthood and provided for faculty and develop curriculum and multiple teaching strategies in Family Studies.

Keywords: infant simulators; technology integrated instruction and learning; family life education; Taiwan

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5861/ijrset.2017.1703

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