Therapeutic communication should be taught to nurses dealing with patients with psychological conditions such as mental problems. The best way to teach this method is through personal experience or visits to places where patients require that kind of help. Being a good therapeutic nurse requires an inborn ability to connect with others. Compared to other teaching strategies, the case study method provides an immersive learning environment and prepares the student better. The case study method also achieves better results in a short period of time compared to other teaching strategies. This can be attributed to the fact that the case study teaching strategy introduces a concept to a student then develops on that concept by providing a real life scenario. Other teaching strategies are largely theoretical in nature.
Online Learning Theories
Computer supported collaborative learning provides an interesting combination of traditional learning techniques and computer use. This method of learning allows for teamwork and knowledge sharing by making it easy to find and distribute knowledge. Another interesting eLearning theory is the issue of social learning networks. Social networking is a very popular especially among school going children. This theory of eLearning seeks to find ways to utilize social networks for educational purposes. Lastly, there is the theory of learning communities. Similar to social learning, this theory seeks to find ways to harness learning activities in online virtual communities. Online campuses and other similar ventures fall into this category.
An interesting teaching strategy is active learning. Active learning makes it easy for students to learn by encouraging their participation through the use of exercises tailored to disseminate course content. Students can be grouped, given roles and simulations in a classroom situation. This teaching strategy is interesting because it ensures participation from the students and at the same time dealing with boredom.
- Green, L. S., & Cassale-Giannola, D. (2011). 40 Active Learning Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom, Grades K 5. Canberra: Corwin Press.
- Haythornthwaite, C., & Andrews, R. (2011). E-Leaning Theory and Practice . New York: SAGE.