What does an innovative teaching assignment strategy mean to nursing students?

Lois H Neuman, Karen T Pardue, Janet L Grady, Mary Tod Gray, Bonnie Hobbins, Jan Edelstein, Judith W Herrman
Nursing Education Perspectives 2009, 30 (3): 159-63
The concept of innovation in nursing education has been addressed in published literature on faculty-defined and faculty-created teaching strategies and instructional methods. In this project, innovation is defined as "using knowledge to create ways and services that are new (or perceived as new) in order to transform systems" (Pardue, Tagliareni, Valiga, Davison-Price, & Orchowsky, 2005). Studies on nursing student perceptions of innovation are limited, and it is unclear how undergraduate and graduate students conceptualize innovative learning experiences. This project explored students' perceptions of their experiences with instructor-defined, innovative teaching/learning strategies in four types of nursing education programs. Issues nurse educators should consider as they apply new techniques to their teaching are discussed.

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