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On-line version ISSN 2223-6279
Print version ISSN 0379-8577

Curationis vol.32 n.3 Pretoria  2009




An assessment of teaching strategies used by lecturers at a nursing college in Mpumalanga



TJ MaunyeI; SM MeyerII; CE van VeldenIII

IM Cur (Nursing Education). Lecturer Mpumalanga Nursing College
IIPhD (Computer Integrated Education). Previous Senior Lecturer University of Pretoria
IIIM Cur (Nursing Education). Lecturer University of Pretoria





The need for the utilization of various teaching strategies by lecturers when facilitating learning cannot be overemphasized. The aim of this study was to establish if lecturers at a Nursing College in Mpumalanga were using teaching strategies that could facilitate the personal development of nursing learners. A quantitative approach was followed for this studv. The participants of the study were all lecturers at a Nursing College in Mpumalanga. Data was gathered by means of a questionnaire. Descriptive statistics were used to describe and summarize data regarding the type of teaching strategies used and the recommendations that could enhance the utilization of various teaching strategies. The data revealed that the teaching strategies mostly utilized required active participation of the learners namely: formal/informal writing of assignments; learner-led class presentation; group sessions; clinical case studies; role-playing and clinical rounds. Inclusion of certain strategies such as problem-based learning, structured accompaniment and computer literacy for learners could enhance the personal development of nursing learners.
Although lecturers did use some of the teaching strategies that could enhance the personal development of nursing learners, staff development regarding the utilization of various teaching strategies was highlighted as an important factor to be considered. Other findings revealed that lack of resources have a negative influence on the utilization of various teaching strategies.

Key words: teaching strategy, personal development, lecturer



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