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Traditional versus progressive nurse education: a review of the literature

Authors
Journal
Nurse Education Today
0260-6917
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
5
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0260-6917(85)90070-x
Disciplines
  • Education
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract The reader is asked to assume that current nurse education practices fall into one of two categories. The first and oldest is referred to as traditional nurse education, which is underpinned by its teacher centredness and its reliance upon the medical model, whereas progressive nurse education is characterised by its student and patient centredness, which parallels the nursing process. Following an extensive review of appropriate literature, which included British and Commonwealth studies, European studies and American studies covering both general and nurse education, the author has summarised some of the main points which will enable the reader to judge the principal attributes of each teaching strategy and possibly provide the stimulus for a deeper inquiry.

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