Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

It's That Time of Year!

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

It's That Time of Year!

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Self-knowledge is at the heart of good teaching. Like nursing, teaching is an art and a science that depends on who we are as well as our knowledge and expertise. As we focus on what we teach, how we organize the curricula and evaluate our students, we must remember to ask who we are and why we teach.

As the new academic year begins, we as nurse educators face continuing challenges. Despite increased applications and rising enrollments, the nursing short-age persists amidst a critical shortage of nurse faculty. Nonetheless, during this time, it is important to explore our values and beliefs to remind ourselves of who we are as faculty and how each of us can make a positive contribution to the preparation of future nurses and, ultimately, to the health of our citizens.

It is useful to begin with definitions. What is teaching? What is learning? What is education, and how does education differ irom training? Parker Palmer writes that it takes courage to teach (1). Good teaching cannot be reduced to technique but comes from identity, integrity, and self-exploration from an intellectual, emotional, and spiritual point of view. Just as we know our subject, nursing, we must try to understand who our students are and how they come to know and learn, We must explore the emotional aHpcd of leaching, lum we feel as we teach and learn. And we must explore the spiritual aide an well. Our longing to be connected with the largeness of life our leaching alive,

Self-knowlegde is at the heart of good leaching. like nursing teaching is an art and a science that depends on who we tire as well as our knowledge and expertise, As we locus on what we teach, how we organize the curricula mid evaluate our students, we must remember to ask who we are and why we teach.

Findings from cognitive psychology tell us how mental models hawed upon prior experiences affect how we learn, With past experience practically hardwired into our brain, we often resist change and impede new learning, Summarizing neuroscience research, Marhese provides several points that are essential for learning (2).

* The body, mind, and brain work in unity,

* The brain is a social brain,

* search for meaning in innate,

* the brain establishes meaning through patterning,

* Emotions are crucial to patterning,

* Learning involves conscious and unconscious process. …

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