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Alien knowledge: Preparing student midwives for learning about infant feeding-Education practice at a UK university.

Angell, C. and Taylor, A. M., 2013. Alien knowledge: Preparing student midwives for learning about infant feeding-Education practice at a UK university. Nurse Education Today, 33 (11), 1411 - 1415 .

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DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2012.10.013


Infant feeding education forms a key element in undergraduate midwifery education in the UK. Students must be prepared to provide women with support and information to make appropriate health choices for themselves and their infants. However, student midwives may already have developed opinions about infant feeding prior to commencing a midwifery education programme. The education literature suggests that existing attitudes may present a barrier to learning for some students. This particularly applies to learning in relation to sensitive or emotionally laden subjects. A review of the literature was undertaken to identify potential teaching approaches which might help students to overcome barriers to learning. Following this the evidence was utilised at a UK university to develop activities which prepare student midwives for effective learning around infant feeding. Students enrolled in the midwifery education programme were introduced to a number of activities aimed at encouraging them to accommodate unfamiliar ideas or 'alien knowledge'. These included placing students in situations which challenged their ideas, as well as engaging in group discussions and reflective exercises. The impact of these educational interventions was identified through formative and summative assessment, and through evaluation of the teaching strategy at the end of the programme. This demonstrated that, amongst those students with previously negative attitudes towards infant feeding, there was a move towards more positive attitudes and a greater confidence in providing evidence based information to parents.

Item Type:Article
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
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Deposited On:09 Mar 2015 09:45
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