Creating a Caring Science Curriculum: An Emancipatory Pedagogy for Nursing

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The hallmark text for nursing faculty seeking to promote the transformative teaching of caring science, this book reflects the paramount scholarship of caring science educators. The volume intertwines visionary thinking with blueprints, living exemplars, and dynamic directions for the application of fundamental principles. It features emancipatory teaching/learning scholarship, and student/teacher, relation/evaluation models for adoption into education and practice regimens.

Divided into five units, the text addresses the history of the caring curriculum revolution and its reemergence as a powerful presence within nursing. Unit II introduces intellectual and strategic blueprints for caring-based education, including action-oriented approaches for faculty-student relations, teaching/learning skills, emancipatory pedagogical practices, critical-reflective-creative approaches to evolving human consciousness, and power relation dynamics. The third unit addresses curriculum structure and design, the evolution of a caring-based college of nursing, the philosophy of caring-human science, caring in advanced practice education, caring as a pedagogical approach to nursing education, and teaching-learning professional caring based on Watson's theory of human caring. Unit IV explores an alternative approach to evaluation. The final unit explores the future of the caring science curriculum as a way of emancipating the human spirit, with caritas nursing as a transformative model.

Key Features:

  • Expands upon the premiere resource for maximizing caring science in education, research, and practice (Bevis and Watson's Toward a Caring Curriculum: A New Pedagogy for Nursing, 1989)
  • Provides a broad application of caring science for graduate educators, students, and nursing leaders
  • Features case studies from two leading U.S. and Canadian universities
  • Distills the expertise of world-renowned scholars
  • Includes reflexive exercises to maximize student engagement'
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826105899
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/15/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 1,264,245
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Watson, PhD, RN, HNC, FAAN, is Distinguished Professor of Nursing, former Dean of the School of Nursing, and sits in the nation's first endowed chair in Caring Science, all at the University of Colorado. She is founder of the Center for Human Caring and the Watson Science Caring Institute in Colorado, a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, past-president of the National League for Nursing, and acclaimed author of leading works in nursing education and Caritas (the philosophy, science and theory of caring). She lectures worldwide with upwards of 50 presentations yearly.

Marcia Hills, RN, PHD, is the Director and President of the Canadian Consortium for Health Promotion Research, and a Professor of Nursing at University Victoria, Canada. She has been actively engaged in research and evaluation for over 20 years, is the Principal Investigator on two federally funded (Canadian Institutes for Health Research) multi-year research initiatives, and the Co-Investigator on five additional projects. She presents at numerous conferences in Canada, the US, and abroad.

Dr. Hills is an elected member of the Board of Trustees for the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) and a member of the North American Regional Office (NARO). As part of her work with these organizations, she was a member of the Steering Committee for the IUHPE Global Program on Effectiveness, co-chaired the NARO Effectiveness Working Group, and was VP for the Organization of the World Conference, and Co-Chair of the 2007 World Conference on Health Promotion and Health Education, as held in Vancouver in 2007. Recently, Dr. Hills was invited to join a World Health Organization working group led by Erio Ziglio to develop an international project on evaluating health assets in partnership with Health Canada, the Health Development Agency (UK), and the Centre for Disease Control (US, Atlanta).

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Table of Contents






1. Caring Science: Curriculum Revolutions and Detours Along the Way

2. Beliefs and Assumptions: The Hidden Drivers of Curriculum Development


3. Emancipatory Pedagogy: The Transformation of Consciousness Through Relational Inquiry

4. Creating Caring Relationships: Collaboration, Power, and Participation

5. Engaging in Critical Caring Dialogue

6. Critical Reflection-in-Action (Praxis): Emancipatory Action

7. Creating a Culture of Caring


8. Curriculum Structure and Design

9. Evolution of a Caring-Based College of Nursing

10. Caring-Human Science Philosophy in Nursing Education: Beyond the Curriculum Revolution

11. Caring in Advance Practice Education: A New View of the Future

12. Introduction to Caring as a Pedagogical Approach to Nursing Education

13. Teaching-Learning Professional Caring Based on Jean Watson's Theory of Human Caring


14. Connoisseurship: An Alternative Approach to Evaluation


15. Reflecting and Re-visioning: Bringing the Heart and Mind Together

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