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10 Strategies to Improve Nursing Students' Learning: The Psychology of Education

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Educational psychology is focused on understanding the way in which people learn and maintain information. Learning is unique to the individual’s needs and is therefore not ‘one size fits all’. Education psychology reveals that learning is affected by social, emotional and cognitive domains.

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Educational psychology is focused on understanding the way in which people learn and maintain information. Learning is unique to the individual’s needs and is therefore not ‘one size fits all’. Education psychology incorporates an understanding of human development and a recognition that learning occurs over one's lifetime in different settings such as work, school, the home and social situations. Education psychology reveals that learning is affected by social, emotional and cognitive domains.

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Madeline Gilkes
Madeline Gilkes, CDE, RN, is a Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine. She focused her Master of Healthcare Leadership research project on health coaching for long-term weight loss in obese adults. Madeline has found a passion for preventative nursing. She has transitioned from leadership roles (CNS Gerontology & Education, Clinical Facilitator) in the acute/hospital setting to education management and primary healthcare. Madeline’s vision is to implement lifestyle medicine to prevent and treat chronic conditions. Her research proposal for her PhD involves Lifestyle Medicine for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Madeline is a Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE) and primarily works in the academic role of Head of Nursing. Madeline’s philosophy focuses on using humanistic management, adult learning theories/evidence and self-efficacy theories and interventions to promote positive learning environments. In addition to her Master of Healthcare Leadership, Madeline has a Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education & Management, Graduate Certificate in Adult & Vocational Education, Graduate Certificate of Aged Care Nursing, and a Bachelor of Nursing. She is working towards her PhD.
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Paul cooper
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insightful and well written, great for those like me working in nurse education.
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Heather Blackhall
10 Jun 2020
In the role of Clinical Facilitator I often find myself seeking different ways to support learning in the Clinical setting. This article contained a few ideas.
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