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Moving towards authentic learning in nurse education
Swansea University Author: Helen Beckett
Feedback when delivered effectively is an invaluable aspect of learning, development and acquisition of new knowledge, skills and competence as it provides an insight into strengths, limitations and areas for development (Klaber, 2012). If integrated successfully feedback is an invaluable aspect of...
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Feedback when delivered effectively is an invaluable aspect of learning, development and acquisition of new knowledge, skills and competence as it provides an insight into strengths, limitations and areas for development (Klaber, 2012). If integrated successfully feedback is an invaluable aspect of the students learning, the inclusion of which within authentic learning experiences supports enhances the individual’s path to clinical competence. As it informs practice and aids their development, with the goal being to help the learners identify gaps in their knowledge and reinforce key concepts.To ensure that the feedback the students received was constructive, timely and focused to the learners needs, and one that fosters a positive environment that facilitates learners in self-reflection and positive goal setting a structured model for debrief was utilised. The diamond method for debriefing enables discussion of the learning experience through description, analysis and application before bringing the learning back into sharp focus with specific learning points.When students effectively engage with the authentic learning experience there is opportunity to immerse in meaningful activities that explicitly map the connection between theory and real life clinical practice. The success of sessions delivered through the strategy of authentic learning can be seen through the learner’s evaluation of the sessions, which can be characterised into four themes;•Skills and knowledge acquisition•Increased confidence•Enhanced critical thinking•Transferability of skills to clinical practiceBy introducing innovative authentic strategies we are not only bridging the gap between theory and practice, we are increasing student engagement and building the confidence that prepares the students for an ever-evolving dynamic future in nursing.
Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences