The knowledge, attitudes, research orientation and skills of a group of Hong Kong Registered Nurses studying a BSc(Hons) Nursing course were evaluated using a quantitative instrument developed specifically for this purpose. The objectives of the study were to develop and examine the reliability and validity of the instrument and to evaluate the effects of a Research Methodology subject which focused on learning by `proposing to do'. The instrument was administered to 72 participants at the beginning of the research subject, and 14 weeks later at the end of the subject. There was a statistically significant increase in the means for the knowledge, research orientation and skills sections of the instrument between pre- and post-testing. The instrument proved reliable as a measure of the research constructs and offers opportunities for future comparative research studies.
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