Whole Person Teaching Makes an Effective Baccalaureate Nursing Teacher: Student Voices Enlighten Us
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Objectives: The goals of this study were to understand: 1) what makes an effective teacher in each level of the baccalaureate nursing program, 2) what are the skills, attributes and strategies of an effective teacher in both theory and clinical courses, and 3) how does this impact student learning and the student experience in each level of the curriculum?
Methods: A qualitative description approach was used. All BScN students at two sites (1000 students) were emailed an invitation to participate in an online survey to identify what makes an effective teacher in the baccalaureate nursing program. Students were also invited to participate in focus groups to discuss what makes an effective teacher and the impact on their learning. It is anticipated that six focus groups of 10 to 12 students will be conducted. Survey and focus group data are analyzed using qualitative content analysis.
Findings: A preliminary finding emergent from the data is that students perceive whole person teaching, that is understanding the learner as a whole person, makes an effective teacher. This study has the potential for important impact on students and faculty in baccalaureate nursing programs. The results will be used to plan faculty development initiatives throughout all levels within relevant programs. Findings, conclusions and recommendations will be shared at the conference.
Conclusions: Will be available at the time of the conference. Faculty members are learning how to optimally facilitate learning in a new context that embraces a person-centered, problem based, self-directed and small group learning approach. Students are in the best position to articulate what makes an effective teacher in each year of the four year program. Students were eager and empowered to share their perceptions and faculty eager to learn from student voices to optimize student experiences and learning.
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