Sameness and Difference in Transfer

What Is Transfer? Transfer of learning can be described as the process  to which past experiences affect learning and performance in a new situation. Transfer theory is to consider how individuals transfer learning in one context to another similar context. What Is Learned? If we think of transfer in terms of considering how learners do…

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Blended Synchronous Learning

Journal Club Article: Bower, M., Kenney, J., Dalgarno, B., Lee, M. J., Kennedy, G. E., Carter, H., … & Hedberg, J. (2013). Blended synchronous learning: Patterns and principles for simultaneously engaging co-located and distributed learners. Electric Dreams. Proceedings ascilite. Background The traditional view of learning is of the on-campus University experience is changing, with students wholly…

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Experiential Learning from Five Perspectives

Journal Club: Fenwick, T. J. (2001). Experiential Learning: A Theoretical Critique from Five Perspectives. Information Series No. 385. Experiential Learning The importance for the educator in understanding the adult learner and their experience in a world of lifelong learning, workplace learning, informal learning and self-directed learning. Experiential learning means a process of human cognition (or to…

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John Dewey: Educational Philosopher

Experiential learning & Critical Thinking “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” ― John Dewey Education and schooling are instrumental in creating social change and reform. Education and learning are deemed social and interactive processes, where school is considered as a social institution and social reform is undertaken. Students should have the opportunity…

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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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Global Adult Education Policy, Agendas and Ideologies

Nurse educators often work in their own speciality areas of nursing and so I thought this post on global adult education may provide a brief overview on wider education policy, agendas and ideologies in the globalised world we now work in. Neoliberalism Global neoliberalism policies have been progressively applied either directly or indirectly to education systems,…

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Power & Foucault for the Nurse Educator

Hierarchy and traditional roles such as doctor to nurse, nurse to student, genders, patient to nurse/doctor are some of the relationships which come to mind when thinking of power in a hospital setting.  For this post we are looking at Michel Foucault and the theory of the relationship between power and knowledge. Thinking about power…

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The Art of Storytelling in Nursing Education

Storytelling  Storytelling is an integral part of our lives, starting from childhood whilst listening to parents tell us bedtime stories or reading books for the very first time.  In an age of technology and artificial intelligence it is worth considering what happens to some of our humanistic traits, such as the art of telling a…

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Book Club: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

Book: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work by Alain De Botton (2010). Ever wondered about the exciting world of biscuits? Me neither, but we don’t often think of the research and design, marketing, sales techniques and all round effort put into a simple biscuit but this book explores different occupations and into a large part of our…

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Learning Styles

Let’s get straight into the discussion first, as I predict many nurse educators will be reading this topic and wanting to say ‘what a waste of time’ as learning styles don’t exist. They may well be correct, but you can decide for yourself if learning styles exist and are appropriate to form part of your…

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