Student voice in curriculum making

Thornton, Robert N. & Chapman, Helen M. (2000) Student voice in curriculum making. Journal of Nursing education, 39(3), pp. 124-132.


Undergraduate student nurses (n = 117) were asked to critically reflect on their psychiatric clinical learning experience and identify strengths and weaknesses not only in the actions and behaviors of others, but also in their own. A questionnaire was specifically constructed to encourage the voicing of issues, concerns, actions and behaviors that centered around the concept of quality in relation to four predetermined categories: clinical practice, clinical nursing staff, clinical facilitators, and students. Themes, inductively derived from the collected information within each category, were organized into clusters and then into frequency distributions in order to facilitate interpretation. The study generated information that should be useful in planning and supervising effective and mutually satisfying clinical practicums in any psychiatric context. Moreover, the responses gave voice to matters which otherwise may have gone unrecognized in the curriculum. The study confirms that student voice must become an integral part of the alternatives from which curriculum making choice is made.

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ID Code: 5559
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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ISSN: 0148-4834
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 SLACK Inc.
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 24 Nov 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:35

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