Reculturing curriculum within a nursing context in Taiwan : an action research approach

Chien, Li-Yu (2007) Reculturing curriculum within a nursing context in Taiwan : an action research approach. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


The focus of this study is on curriculum change within a nursing institute in Taiwan where there is a growing demand for reform to nurse education in order to produce more competent practitioners. I conceptualised a framework to guide the transformation process in ways that were empowering, sustainable and generative. I argued that curriculum change also involves the beliefs, customs, attitudes or expectations of those who participate in the process: essentially it is a reculturing process. My conceptual framework included notions such as student-centredness, reculturing, collaborative practices and reflections, personal growth, and professional development.

A plan of action was developed based on the notions contained in the conceptual framework and carried out within an Action Research methodology. Action Research provided the mechanism by which the collaborators explored and understood their conceptions of teaching and learning and then planned and implemented action to change the current situation, and evaluate and reflect on the transformations. Strategies such as personal practical theorising, focus group, critical debate, and collaborative reflection were used to bring about the curriculum change.

The significance of this study lies in its practical contribution to all aspects of curriculum making including innovation, planning, implementation and ongoing review. Although information generated from this study is not generalisable, lessons learned from it may be utilised by other educational institutes with similar issues and similar contexts.

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ID Code: 16469
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Chapman, Helen & Elder, Ruth
Keywords: curriculum change, reculturing, nurse education, Taiwan, action research, student-centredness, empowerment
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Department: Faculty of Health
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Li-Yu Chien
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 04:04
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2011 19:48

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