Paulo Freire and Critical Pedagogy

“To the oppressed, and to those who suffer with them and fight at their side” (Paulo Freire).  Freire states that thinking educational practice and liberation are intertwined. Education can be humanistic and remove the shackles of the oppressed, by liberating themselves and the oppressors as well. Education should not be divorced from politics and the…

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Nurse as educator: Principles of teaching and learning for nursing practice

Book Club: Bastable, S. (2014). Nurse as educator: Principles of teaching and learning for nursing practice (4th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning. [link to 2nd edition] It’s good to return to the true literature (time depending) and read a holistic overview of nursing education. This USA flavored (flavoured) book covers a historical and contemporary…

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Book Club: Deschooling Society by Ivan Illich

Book: Illich, I. (1971). Deschooling Society. New York, 56. Summary: The education practised in schools in modern societies is based on education from the industrial age. Don’t be fooled into thinking that the year this book was wrote makes it irrelevant, the topics are still very relevant today, using learning networks to connect and learn.…

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Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning (Book Club)

Book Club: Brown, P. C., Roediger, H. L., & McDaniel, M. A. (2014). Make It Stick. Harvard University Press. [Goodreads blurb] The Authors  The Storyteller: Brown, P. C. The Cognitive Scientists: Roediger, H. L., & McDaniel, M. A. Aim: To identify and understand how learning and memory work. “People generally are going about learning in the wrong…

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Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew Crawford

This soul-searching book on life, work, study is so poignant in such technological times. Crawford is part mechanic, part academic and provides insights into the lost art of working with our hands and craftsmanship. Ending up in a ‘think-tank’ job from his academic pathway of political philosophy, the observations and questioning from Crawford makes you…

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Practice Development in Nursing

What is Practice Development (PD)? PD is a continuous process of developing person-centred cultures. The learning that occurs, brings about transformations of both at the individual and team level and not just at the wider organisational level. This is sustained by transforming the contexts and cultures in which nursing takes place. Provides a systematic approach of effective…

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Communities of Practice (CoP) by Etienne Wenger

Socio-cultural Perspective Learning is a social process according to Wenger’s (1999) conceptual framework of understanding learning systems. Wenger explains that part of being human is the willingness or desire to form communities, and through these is the essential component of learning opportunity and process. Community of Practice A community of practice is formed by people…

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Learning To Learn:Understanding Understanding

The nurse educator is to deliver, create and evaluate education programs as part of their role. The question is: How do we as nurse educators create and evaluate our education and training programs? Based on the “Constructive Alignment” theory developed by Prof. John Biggs, “Teaching Teaching & Understanding Understanding” is an award-winning short-film about teaching…

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7 Habits: Stephen Covey

Really busy, increasing workload, stretched resources, being creative, motivated, balancing, feeling tired, need a holiday, trying to plan ahead. During the really busy times when workload seems to be casting a shadow over life it is good to revisit some of our good habits to re-focus, work smarter and retain our own locus of control.…

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Open: How We’ll Work, Live & Learn In The Future by David Price

The ‘Open’ revolution is now upon us and will affect education at all levels. How we source learning opportunities, how we actually learn, how we engage will all be impacted on by this open revolution. Open is not just about technology, but a behaviour shift impacting on the social level of modern civil society. What…

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