Heidari, F. and Galvin, K. T., 2002. The role of open learning in nurse education. Does it have a place? Nurse Education Today, 22 (8), pp. 617-623.
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A perceptible shift has begun, away from mass lectures towards more flexible, novel and adaptable methods of teaching and learning. A variety of terms (open, distance, flexible) have been used to describe such instructional methods, a key characteristic of which is that they do not require constant and/or synchronous contact between teacher and learner. This paper explores students’ views of a distributed learning initiative within a University in the South of England. The initiatives were in response to increase in the number of students in each intake which was just one of the recent changes called for by the Government. This evaluation consisted of a longitudinal research project following two cohorts of nursing students (n=288) through the first two years of their education (and will continue in the final year). The study assessed the perceived influence of distributed learning (DL) on their academic education and professional training as well as their satisfaction with the workbooks. The evaluation used a mixture of qualitative and quantitative data collection, questionnaires and focus groups. DL was seen as a flexible way of studying for students. Students were able to study a topic area at their own pace and at a time convenient to them. The activities in the workbook stimulated discussions and triggered ideas and thoughts for both students and lecturers. With the commencement of the workbooks lecturers were given the opportunity to reflect on their teaching styles and were encouraged to utilise a number of different teaching and learning methodologies.
|Subjects:||Social Sciences > Education|
Technology > Medicine and Health > Nursing and Midwifery
|Group:||School of Health and Social Care > Centre for Qualitative Research|
|Deposited By:||Ms MJ Bowden|
|Deposited On:||19 May 2007|
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