Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Innovative Teaching Strategies in Nursing and Related Health Professions (5Th Ed.)

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Innovative Teaching Strategies in Nursing and Related Health Professions (5Th Ed.)

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Innovative Teaching Strategies in Nursing and Related Health Professions (5th ed.). edited by Martha J. Bradshaw, PhD, RN, and Arlene J. Lowenstein, PhD, RN; Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett, 2011; 609 pages, $76.95 (soft cover)

ALL NURSE EDUCATORS SHOULD HAVE A READILY AVAILABLE COMPENDIUM OF BOOKS THAT CAN GUIDE THEM IN THEIR EVERYDAY PRACTICE. Questions inevitably arise about how to best teach in a variety of settings, or the strengths and challenges of using particular learning strategies. This text can help nurse educators answer these questions quickly. Students in nursing education graduate programs will also find this a useful introduction to the broad spectrum of teaching strategies used by nursing and other health educators.

The fifth edition has been reorganized and expanded to include new topics, such as interprofessional education and Web 2.0. The book is divided into six sections. The first section, "Foundational Approaches to Teaching and Learning," provides the theoretical rationale for the variety of topics that follow. A new chapter in this section deals with generational differences in learning styles. Succeeding sections are "Teaching in Structured Settings," "Simulation and Imagination," and "Educational Use of Technology." The final section, "Teaching in Unstructured Settings," was previously titled "Clinical Teaching"; the new name reflects a broader approach to clinical education. For example, a new chapter on study abroad is found in this section, a welcome addition as nursing programs are increasingly including study-abroad experiences.

Some chapters have also been renamed from previous editions. For example, the chapter on lecturing, once called "Lecture Is Not a Four Letter Word! …

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