N584 Mod 8 – Issues and Trends in Curriculum Development

Question #1

What major changes in the health care system are occurring that call for an immediate response from nursing education for curriculum revision? Do these changes take into account the future? How would you go about revising the curriculum in a timely fashion?

Question #2 

What teaching and learning strategies should be integrated into the curriculum plan for meeting the needs of an increasingly diverse student body? Describe how nursing can recruit and retain racially/ethnically diverse faculty and what effect they can have on the education of a diverse student body.

Question #3

Of the multiple technology-supported distance education programs, which do you believe is:

  • Most cost-effective?
  • Meets desired outcomes?
  • Reaches the highest number of students?
  • Fosters faculty development?

 

Case Study: Pinnacle College School of Nursing

Pinnacle College School of Nursing is planning to offer an online,2-year primary health care nurse practitioner master’s degree, using a WebCT© as the delivery platform. Students must be registered nurses with a BSN and a minimum of two years of full-time practice experience before they are eligible to enroll. The program is expected to be intensive. Part-time enrollment is possible, with 3 years allowed for completion. Thirty students will be admitted annually. All courses will have a practice component. The theoretical components will be organized in modules that combine synchronous and asynchronous interaction among participants, as well as monthly face-to-face tutorials and labs. The modules will have a similar organizational structure but module elements will vary according to specific courses. The final course will be an 8-month internship with PhD-prepared nurse practitioners. It is expected that students will be successful in certification examinations and will be in high demand after graduation.

Faculty members decided to use Bird’s (2007) analysis framework to guide module development. However, rather than using Bird’s term, consolidation (interpreted as a static fusion of information), they are employing the word integration to indicate dynamic knowledge synthesis. The first course to be developed is a 6 credit hour course called Health Assessment for Nurse Practitioners. Course competencies will include the integration of theory and physical assessment skills into comprehensive health assessments; and incorporation of knowledge of normal physiology, and health assessment techniques into written case analyses. The course will be offered over two, 12-week semesters. Learners are expected to dedicate 12-15 hours per week to this course. Use the analysis grid found on p. 328 (Iwasiw) to answer the following questions:

  1. Does the balance between content and process seem reasonable? How might the balance shift to reflect sound pedagogy?
  2. What module elements are missing or redundant?
  3. Should more attention be focused on any particular element?
  4. To what extent do the elements prepare learners to achieve course competencies?
  5. Might students perceive learning activities as authentic?
  6. What expertise will faculty require to develop and implement this course?
  7. What might be the demands on faculty if there are 20-25 students in this course at any one time?

Resources:

  • Iwasiw, C., Goldenberg, D., & Andrusyszyn, M. (2009). Curriculum development in nursing education (2nd ed.). Boston: Jones & Bartlett. (Chapters 13 and 14)
  • Keating, S. B. (2011). Curriculum development and evaluation in nursing (2nd ed.). New York: Springer. (Chapters 16 and 17)

 

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