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Critical thinking: Are we educating the nurse educator?


2008 2008

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Abstract (summary)

Today’s ever-changing, challenging, and complicated health care arena demands a professional nurse who employs critical thinking. It is assumed that the nurse educator will facilitate these critical thinking skills in the student nurse through use of various teaching-learning methods. A variety of methods to enhance critical thinking in the student nurse are identified in the nursing literature, but there is little information on how master’s level education is preparing the nurse educator to facilitate critical thinking in the student nurse. The purpose of this descriptive exploratory study was to discover to what extent courses included in the nurse educator specialization are inclusive of course content designed to prepare the nurse educator to promote critical thinking and where the content is placed within the curriculum. Nursing master’s programs offering a nurse educator specialization were invited to submit course syllabi and course modules for review. Twenty of the 22 participating programs included course content on methods to promote critical thinking. Topics included critical thinking, simulation, problem based learning, role-playing, questioning, small-group activities, case studies, journals, writing assignments, and debate. This content was found in courses on instruction, nurse theory, curriculum development, and practicum courses.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Health education;
Nursing;
Curriculum development;
Higher education;
Critical thinking
Classification
0350: Health education
0569: Nursing
0727: Curriculum development
0745: Higher education
Identifier / keyword
Health and environmental sciences; Education
Title
Critical thinking: Are we educating the nurse educator?
Author
Erickson, Christina H.
Number of pages
46
Publication year
2008
Degree date
2008
School code
0205
Source
MAI 48/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109335774
Advisor
Craig, Gloria
University/institution
South Dakota State University
University location
United States -- South Dakota
Degree
M.S.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1468889
ProQuest document ID
304459556
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304459556
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