Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Teaching the Practitioners of Care: New Pedagogies for the Health Professions

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Teaching the Practitioners of Care: New Pedagogies for the Health Professions

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Teaching the Practitioners of Care: New Pedagogies for the Health Professions by Nancy L. Diekelmann, PhD, RN, FAAN; Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2003, 300 pages; $60.00 (paperback, $24.95)

Nancy Diekelmann compels nurse faculty to reflect critically on the pedagogies that are being implemented in the nursing curricula today. Do faculty still teach according to the health care model of the 1970s? Students in the current system report feeling dependent and controlled by faculty. Are they kept in a submissive, novice role, with expert faculty imparting knowledge? Or are they empowered to find the latest evidence base to guide their practice? Diekelmann proposes that for students to be empowered as clinical leaders of collaborative health care teams, faculty must address not only what we teach, but how we teach, emphasizing the contextual environment as much as the type of intervention indicated for each patient situation.

The central premise of this text is that faculty must abandon traditional paradigms and create student-centered, interpretive pedagogies for learning. Within a historical framework on the multifaceted obstacles that have prevented nursing from being elevated to the status of a prolession, Diekelmann proposes the creation of learning environments that foster the empowerment of future nurses through interpretive pedagogies characterized by student participation in curriculum, instruction, and governance. …

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