The theory‐practice gap in nurse education: its causes and possible solutions. Findings from an action research study

The theory‐practice gap in nurse education: its causes and possible solutions. Findings from an... Kurt Lewin, the orignator of action research, proposed that it was valuable not only for innovating change, but also the process of change could lead to new insights into the nature of the problem that was being tackled This action research project developed and evaluated a teaching model that aimed to help RGN (registered general nurse) students to bridge the theory‐practice gap During the course of this work, the possible reasons for a theory‐practice gap started to become clear This paper provides a discussion of these factors The viewpoint for this discussion is that of the student nurse The student is assumed to‘own’the problem and it is from her perspective that the theory‐practice gap is analysed The paper includes a critical examination of books, lectures, the school curriculum and ward nursing practice Finally, possible solutions to the theory‐practice problem are discussed and it is hoped that these will provide a rational basis for tackling the problem http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Advanced Nursing Wiley

The theory‐practice gap in nurse education: its causes and possible solutions. Findings from an action research study

Journal of Advanced Nursing, Volume 16 (9) – Sep 1, 1991

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Wiley
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Copyright © 1991 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
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0309-2402
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1365-2648
DOI
10.1111/j.1365-2648.1991.tb03366.x
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Abstract

Kurt Lewin, the orignator of action research, proposed that it was valuable not only for innovating change, but also the process of change could lead to new insights into the nature of the problem that was being tackled This action research project developed and evaluated a teaching model that aimed to help RGN (registered general nurse) students to bridge the theory‐practice gap During the course of this work, the possible reasons for a theory‐practice gap started to become clear This paper provides a discussion of these factors The viewpoint for this discussion is that of the student nurse The student is assumed to‘own’the problem and it is from her perspective that the theory‐practice gap is analysed The paper includes a critical examination of books, lectures, the school curriculum and ward nursing practice Finally, possible solutions to the theory‐practice problem are discussed and it is hoped that these will provide a rational basis for tackling the problem

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Journal of Advanced NursingWiley

Published: Sep 1, 1991

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