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A review of curriculum evaluation in United Kingdom nursing education.

Roxburgh, M., Watson, R., Holland, K., Johnson, M., Lauder, W. and Topping, K. (2008) A review of curriculum evaluation in United Kingdom nursing education. Nurse Education Today, 28 (7). pp. 881-9. ISSN 0260-6917

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Recently we have witnessed several significant changes to the nursing curriculum in the United Kingdom (UK). This review forms part of a larger study evaluating the 'fitness for practice' elements of the nursing curriculum in Scotland. Systematic review methods were used including the following databases: CINAHL and BNI. Twenty six papers were retrieved and 14 remained after applying the review criteria, the main rationale being the empirical focus. It appears that there is a paucity of research in this area in the UK and papers dealt exclusively with either content, process or outcome evaluation of the nursing curriculum. National, well funded, multi-centre studies tended to be more rigorous. Results, where they were positive about curricular changes, tended to be limited. There is clearly a need for rigorous research into curriculum evaluation, both at the micro and macro level, which investigates content, process and outcome. Without such research, curriculum change will be uninformed.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Nurse education; Evaluation; Curriculum; Education; Nurses; Nursing
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > School of Nursing and Midwifery (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Miss Anthea Tucker
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2010 09:45
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2010 16:11
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2008.03.003
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.nedt.2008.03.003
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/10428

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