Why Do Nursing Instructors Rely So Heavily On PowerPoints To Teach? - page 13

I have completed 3 semesters of Nursing School and so far, every lecture instructor has used PowerPoints in the classroom to teach. This method has been used probably 99% of the time. The PowerPoints... Read More

  1. by   windsurfer8
    Ready2baRN. You say "they should be used as a source of information and guidance for the students and not for the instructor to just stand in front of class and read off it for 3-4 hours". Ok? You are basing this on what evidence? I get what you are saying but a big part of teaching is that you have to get a lot of information to a lot of people. ESPECIALLY in nursing. If you say they should or should not do something what is your "better" way..and do you have evidence this will improve..what? Will it improve NCLEX scores? Will it improve retention of material? Will it make students "happier"? What is your goal of NOT doing it the other way? What problem have you identified that you want to improve? What if NCLEX scores are already 100% pass rate? Have you studied evidence from schools that teach differently that have statistics to back up your "improved"
  2. by   ParkerBC,MSN,RN

    Not quite. The bottom line is that it does matter. As far as being a nurses and needing to get the job done- healthcare is a 24-hour operation. There have been times when I have passed work off to night shift. I have also had work passed to me from night shift. That is the nature of the beast. The mind set of "it's my way or the highway" is archaic. Current literature suggests that educators should make every attempt possible to change his/her teaching methods to best suit the student's learning style, not the other way around. Of course you will have the militant nurse educator who, for one reason or another, feels she needs to teach the class the way she learned. Those instructors often times are the ones with the lowest student satisfaction scores and who are generally in the dean's office dealing with student complaints. My comment should not suggest that it should be a free-for-all, but the old teaching methods are disappearing.
  3. by   ready2baRN
    My point is the OP gave an example of a teaching style is boring and less engaging to the student with the instructor standing in front of the class room for hours and reading verbatim off a power point. In my experience in undergrad the professors at my college would still have power points as a means of direction for the subject matter that is being lectured that day but would engage the class periodically to get students to critically think about the subject being taught. As an example: My professor would be speaking about slow versus fast twitch muscle fibers and explain to us the difference between the two then pose a question to the class. How would these types of muscle fibers benefit sprinters versus long distance runners? The professor would then wait for a student to answer the question and if the student was wrong the professor would acknowledge the students attempt to answer the question then proceed to explain why the student answer was not the best choice. I believe this is the type of teaching the OP is referring to. Actively engaging the class to participate in the subject being taught and not just standing up in front of the class reading word for word what the class can already see as if the professor is teaching a bunch of students in kindergarten. At least that’s the last grade I remember being read too.