Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Context


This course is premised on the understanding that effective clinical teaching and learning can transform practice and practice environments. It explores theories relevant to adult learning, models of clinical teaching, how the clinical organisation influences teaching and learning, and contemporary approaches for improving clinical teaching. Students will be provided with opportunities to integrate their developing knowledge and skills into their own clinical practice and to reflect on and learn from this experience.


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  • Trimester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the attributes of learning

2. Analyse factors that affect learning

3. Discuss and apply adult learning theories to the role of clinical teacher

4. Examine the attributes and competencies of an effective clinical teacher

5. Examine the issue of teaching and learning in terms of nurses'/midwives' responsibilities for ongoing professional education of themselves and others

6. Discuss the purpose of mentoring and preceptoring

7. Examine the characteristics of effective mentors and preceptors

8. Analyse how the clinical organisation influences teaching and learning

9. Discuss challenges to effective clinical teaching and learning and how they can be overcome

10. Discuss strategies to use when teaching people from diverse cultures

11. Discuss how to provide effective and critical feedback on performance

12. Act as a change agent to improve the learning environment

13. Discuss the implications of information and communication technological on clinical teaching and learning

14. Develop a teaching philosophy


  1. Adult learning theories
  2. Teaching and learning in the clinical environment
  3. Factors influencing learning
  4. Planned and opportunistic teaching
  5. Mentoring and preceptoring
  6. Creating a positive clinical learning environment
  7. Challenges clinical teachers may encounter
  8. Provision of critical feedback
  9. Information and communication technology for teaching and learning

Assumed Knowledge

Foundations of nursing knowledge, nursing theory, legal and ethical issues, fundamentals of research, human bioscience, psychology, sociology related to practice. Principles of investigative approaches in nursing, concepts and theories relevant to practice, contemporary nursing issues. Academic reading and writing skills, ability to access and evaluate information from a variety of sources, skills in critical analysis, critical judgement, synthesis and evaluation. Ability to conceptualise practice. Demonstrated Australian Nursing Council Inc. competencies.

Assessment Items

Journal: Reflective journal (online) Part A and B

Written Assignment: Written assignment

Report: Project report

Contact Hours

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Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term