Academic journal article Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Strategies for Healthcare Education. How to Teach in the 21st Century

Academic journal article Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Strategies for Healthcare Education. How to Teach in the 21st Century

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Strategies for Healthcare Education. How to teach in the 21st century Woodhouse J (Ed.) (2007) Elsevier, UK; ISBN 1846190061; PB; xi +153pages; AUD 70.00

Woodhouse, a nurse, has produced the essential text on teaching strategies for nursing and allied Healthcare education. The work comprises fourteen readable chapters - seven by Woodhouse - and the rest, also penned by nurses. Strategies discussed include: small group learning; problem based learning; case study; story telling and narratives; transforming technology into teaching; experiential learning; and blended and e-learning.

The introduction is an overview of changes in teaching styles and learning strategies from the latter half of the nineteenth century to contemporary times. The author contrasts the image of the early didactic teacher with today's teacher as the learners' facilitator. This facilitation is grounded in Knowles' andragogy, a theory of adult learning equivalent to pedagogy and, as well, is bound up with the promotion of life-long learning. According to Knowles, the nurse facilitator requires a broad repertoire of strategies to meet the diverse needs of the adult learner.

Woodhouse notes pedagogic and andragogic influences on teaching methods during the twentieth century as schools of thought such as behaviourist, cognitivist, humanist and reflectionist; and names theorists including Thorndike, Skinner, Piaget, Gagne, Lewin, KoIb, Dewey, Habermas, and Schon. The author ranks these figures with the educational nurse theorists Dreyfus and Benner by discussing From Novice to Expert. …

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