Scholarship of Teaching for Certified Nurse Educators

Instructor: Tara Schickel

Tara has taught staff nursing courses and has a master's degree in public health.

This lesson will describe how to use evidence and research to incorporate scholarship into the role of nurse educator. The nurse educator will understand the importance of an inquiring mind, student development, critiquing evidence, and research participation.

The Hand-in-Hand Walk Between Scholar and Educator

Many of us who are nurse educators don't usually think of ourselves as scholars. However, surprisingly to some, the two titles are interwoven and linked together. We can't be true educators without being scholars as well. This lesson will describe what scholarship involves, and how nurse educators must be involved in the scholarship of nursing and teaching in order to serve at our full potential.

Continually Learning and Inquiring

Bob is a nurse educator who has developed an understanding of what it means to engage in the scholarship of nursing and teaching. Bob has an inquiring mind. He is always searching for the best way to help his students learn. One way he does this is to make it his duty to understand the principles of adult learning. Since Bob's students are adults, he has a responsibility to teach them in ways that adult brains can receive and process. He prepares his teaching strategies by reading the latest literature related to the neuroscience of adult learning, and finding out what helps adults retain information to use in their jobs. By reading this information, Bob knows that his nursing students will only remember the information that they find meaningful and necessary to practice as nurses. Therefore, Bob plans his teaching by using strategies that involve input from his students and engage them in their learning.

Student Development and Figuring Out if You've Done It

Part of the scholarship of teaching includes taking an interest in helping the student develop as a professional and determining how effective you have been at meeting that goal. Bob understands how adult students learn. He has put teaching strategies into place that will foster learning. Now, he has to figure out if that learning will have an impact on the professionalism and dedication of his students. To do this, Bob needs to know how to evaluate his goals. Bob learned about goal setting by reading articles written by experts on the subject. He studied Bloom's Taxonomy of learning objectives to figure out how to articulate his goals into objectives. His next step will be to determine how to measure his goals to see if they have been met. For every goal he sets, Bob will ask himself ''how will I know that this goal has been met?'' The answer to that question will guide him in choosing an appropriate evaluation method.

Thinking It Through and Sharing What You Know

Part of being a scholar is being able to put the pieces of the puzzle together and draw a conclusion that can be applied to teaching our nursing students. Bob has a strong understanding of the role that evidence and research plays in the fields of nursing and education. He is able to apply the evidence and research findings to practice in order to serve to the best of his ability. It isn't enough for Bob just to know how to do this and follow through with it. Scholarship also includes being able to effectively articulate what he does, and how he knows to do it to his colleagues, students, and other professionals.

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