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From The CriticsReviewer: Jane M. Cudmore, MA(The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences)
Description: This fourth edition of a popular nursing education text promoting innovation adds an interdisciplinary focus by acknowledging the contributions other professions make to education and the applicability of educational principles to the education of all health professions.
Purpose: Although the purpose is not well described, the implied purpose is to foster the use of theoretically sound innovative strategies in the education process. The context has been broadened to include other health professions, and topics have been updated. The focus is timely given the popularity of interprofessional education, but the book continues a heavy emphasis on nursing. It is hard to support innovation as a goal of the book when a chapter on lecture is maintained and replacing transparencies with PowerPoint presentation is used as an example of adapting to new technologies.
Audience: The topic list suggests that the target audience is novice educators, but occasionally the book is difficult to read.
Features: The strength of the book is the strong editorial leadership in chapter organization and presentation. Over 30 chapters by more than 30 authors present a broad range of strategies in a consistent approach. Each chapter follows a standard format: definition, purpose, theoretical rationale, conditions of use, type of learner (target audience), resources required, how to use method, potential problems, applied example, references, and recommended readings.
Assessment: The first two editions (1988, 1995) provided an overview of standard teaching techniques. The third edition (2001) introduced new topics, and this 2007 edition looks at teaching strategies for all health professions. The book begins with a good overview of theory, but novices might find it off-putting. Although the book offers a broad overview of topics, it does not provide enough detail to adopt the strategies. There is a heavy reliance on the nursing experience, with token acknowledgement of other health professions.