1. The learner builds his own concepts which fosters logical thinking.
2. The learner finds his own solutions to problems which fosters critical thinking and decision making.
3. It requires the learner's initiative, personal involvement and self evaluation which foster autonomy and independence.
Constructivist pedagogy has a significant place in the nursing curriculum. Its style where students learn by making sense of their experiences in evident in return demonstrations of nursing proceures and RLE. School is a social system whose success banks on human interrelatedness (Aquino, 2000) Working on a task with the help of other people, or RLE group, makes education successful in nursing.
I think it is not immensely difficult for schools to apply this pedagogy since it is already done in the present curriculum. Nursing students in my observation and esperienceare hardly spoon-fed and are allowed to learn independently.
For improvements, the school must train their teachers very well. Teacher’s who are willing to work on transforming their teaching styles according to the evolving learnig abilities of students. A teacher should be able to accept followership or learnership role when the need arises and assumes the role intelligently (Lardizabal, Bustos, Bucu & Tangco, 1977). Up-trainings are important since it allows the teacher to improve himself. It is the professional role and competency of a teacher make teaching progressive, wherein he aims to make his modes and strategies more effective (Basavanthappa, 2003). After all, a teacher is expected to have the qualities of flexibility, creativeness and resourcefulness. (Lardizabal, et. al., 1977)
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