Blending Theory and Science in Nursing Education
If you want to prepare a dish you have never attempted before, you might begin by consulting a recipe in a book or on the web, or perhaps by watching a chef on television demonstrate his or her own approach. You do so with an understanding that the author of the recipe or the televised chef has some expertise, gained by previously preparing this dish with some level of success. You would not expect a chef to present something with which he or she is unfamiliar; you assume some history that provides credibility from previous results.
Similarly, nurse educators bring a history to education. Much of this is their own professional experience. But another essential ingredient is theory supported by strategies based on evidence-based research. Such research has credibility from application that has previously yielded results. As a learner, you should not expect an educator to present something unfamiliar, untested, or unproved. Experience, theory, and evidence-based teaching and learning strategies combine to provide effective results.
This week, you will examine how nurse educators bring together theory and science to guide learning. You analyze evidence-based teaching and learning strategies that support learner needs.
- Construct a time log to facilitate practicum time management
- Analyze key concepts in teaching and learning in the context of nursing education
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