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Wednesday, June 22 • 16:45 - 18:00
POSTER.42 - Impact of Co-Teaching on Professional Practice of Bachelor of Nursing Students

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In higher education, co-teaching is not common place. In a professional program such as Nursing, it is a relatively new phenomenon that has emerged from a context relevant, integrated curriculum. As a new phenomenon, what impact does co-teaching have on student learning and the development of their professional practice? For the purpose of this study, co-teaching is defined as involving two instructors who collaboratively design, and simultaneously teach and assess student work within a semester. In this pedagogical relationship, instructors model a collaborative approach to teaching, similar to the collaborative approach observed in professional practice within health care settings.



This poster presentation will outline the background, findings, and implications of a two-year mixed-method research project that investigated co-teaching in a Nurse as Educator course at one western Canadian university’s undergraduate Nursing program. The course focused on having senior students explore the principles of teaching and learning in relation to their evolving nursing practice. The goal of the research was to explore the impact of co-teaching on nursing students’ learning and how this ultimately informs their understanding of their role as nurse educators in professional practice, as well as to further examine the benefits and challenges of co-teaching in higher education. Findings from the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data from three cohorts shed insight into the positive influence co-teaching is having on student learning and their future professional practice. Strengths and challenges associated with co-teaching will also be shared and recommendations will be offered for the practice of co-teaching in professional programs.


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Presenters
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Jennifer Lock

Jennifer Lock is the Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning and specialization chair for the Learning Sciences in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. Her area of specialization is in Educational Technology.

Additional Authors
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Carla Ferreira

Carla Ferreira is an Instructor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary. She holds a Master’s degree in nursing with a focus on nursing education.
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Jacqueline Rainsbury

Jacqueline Rainsbury is a research consultant and evaluator with international experience in health services research, evidence-based medicine, and public health. She has over 20 years of experience in research and teaching for the federal and provincial government, UK and Canadian universities, medical governing bodies, and non-profit organizations.
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Patricia Rosenau

Patricia Rosenau is a Senior Instructor and past Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary. Pat’s research is focused on reflective practice and peer mentorship in nursing education.
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Tracy Clancy

Tracey Clancy is an Instructor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary. As chair of the Community of Scholarship in Teaching & Learning in the Faculty of Nursing, Tracey has a vested interest in cultivating an understanding of collaborative teaching practice or team teaching, as this instructional approach aligns with the integrated curriculum embraced within the Faculty of Nursing.


Wednesday June 22, 2016 16:45 - 18:00
Atrium, Physics & Astronomy Building Western University

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