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From The CriticsReviewer:Mary Allen Carey, PhD(University of Oklahoma College of Nursing)
Description:This book is intended for students in graduate programs preparing for the role of faculty, new teachers in nursing who do not have formal education in curriculum building, preceptors, and mentors for students and nurse educators in practice settings.
Purpose:The purpose is to introduce the basic concepts of curriculum building to educators and students in academic and practice settings. The objectives of the book are worthy and the authors have met them.
Audience:The authors are credible authorities.
Features:The book is divided into seven sections, encompassing 15 chapters by 12 contributors. The sections cover history of curriculum building, pertinent theories, how to conduct a needs assessment, curriculum development, curriculum and program evaluation, curriculum development and evaluation in practice settings, and current issues and trends. The concepts of internal and external frame factors for the environment of curriculum development are of particular interest.
Assessment:The quality of the book is good. The sections on the application of educational evaluation models, planning for accreditation, and distance learning have the potential to be very useful to this audience.