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Confucius wrote: "By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection, which is noblest, second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is bitterest..." (cited in Dracup & Morris 2008). The nature of teaching implies a dual definition. Firstly, there is the nature of teaching as it is traditionally concerned about the method of instruction utilized the other notion is the relational aspect of mentor, motivator between teacher and students (McEwan 2011).
This duality is reflected in my TPS as there is the focus of content and the relational aspect of mentoring and inspiring. As an educator I am concerned with teaching and learning- this would then imply an open exchange of information as well as an understanding of how the student will learn. This duality is expressed by Dracup and Morris (2008), who indicate that there is a difference between the educational component of nursing and the practice of nursing. These authors further emphasise the need for the dual role of the educator to be an expert clinician (content) as well as teacher (mentor/motivator) (Dracup & Morris 2008).
My TPS pertains to three elements:
(i) The first
being to foster an inquisitive mind and develop an excitement to learn.
(ii) Secondly, I seek to provide students with a methodology to obtain knowledge through
enhancing critical thinking skills - rather than simply impart content and
(iii) The overriding element however, is to engage the student through making learning an enjoyable process.
Dracup, K & Morris, P 2008, “How will they learn”, American Journal of Critical Care, vol. 17, no. 4 pp. 306-309.
McEwan, H 2011 “Narrative reflection in the philosophy of teaching; genealogies and portrait”, Journal of Philosophy education vol. 45, no, 1, pp. 125-140.
2013 Nominee: VCs Teaching & Learning Award Tier 2
2013 Distinguished Alumni (nominee)
2012 Nominee: National Award for Teaching Excellence
2010 Nominee: Pride of Australia Medal - Inspiration in Education
Member: Golden Key Association
Teaching and Learning interests:
Paediatric Haematology & Oncology
Neuro Development interventions specifically: hydo,dance & music therapies
Forensic Nursing and Behavioural Assessment
International Association of Forensic Nurses
Australian Society of Authors- Full member
Assistant to the Dean for Simulation
Video Portal Champion
As an advocate for inclusion of children with special needs, part of my research interest pertains to pediatric rehabilitation- specifically neuro-development; with a strong focus on hydro and play therapy options as well as complimentary therapies such as music and dance therapy interventions.
I completed my Masters in 2010 with my thesis entitled: "Dancing in the Spotlight: a creative writing approach depicting the lived experience of parenting a child with special needs". The work included exploration of the use of Narrative therapy as an intervention for addressing mental health issues associated with chronic stress and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).