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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Bonnie L. Saucier, PhD, RN (Indiana State University)
Description: This book on innovative teaching strategies in nursing includes chapters written by authors who have expertise in specific specialty areas. The principles illustrated can profit any reader.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a reference for teachers who are developing excellence in their field. The chapters offer invaluable information for readers to review and apply in their classes.
Audience: Teachers at any level and in any discipline can use this book. It is applicable for graduate and undergraduate students as well. Its applicability is for teachers and students who wish to excel in the art of teaching.
Features: Part I provides a foundation for the selection and adaptation of specific teaching strategies. Part II presents concept-based topics, such as problem-based learning, that are applicable in a variety of situations. Part III expands the application from the previous sections and offers situations to encourage students to think in new ways and view concepts from different vantage points. Part IV focuses on different ways to use technologies and provides a discussion of strengths and areas of concern that may occur. Part V covers the roles of the faculty and students who are not always in the same environment. Co-consultants, preceptorial experience, and mentorship are all emphasized. Part VI emphasizes clinical teaching as one of the most significant features of nursing education. Part VII, the final section, presents an overview of evaluation as a key aspect of any educational program. Added features include notes and suggested readings at the end of the chapters along with an inclusive index. Creative examples of innovative teaching strategies are distributed throughout the entire book.
Assessment: This edition highlights authors who have presented their expertise in a multiplicity of specialties. The information they provide proves to be an excellent reference for any teacher interested in expanding innovative teaching strategies into the classroom. The depth and breadth of topics make this an invaluable addition to any teacher's library.