The ability to facilitate students' learning changes during the teacher journey Di Leonardi, and is often connected with levels of confidence and new teachers recognising their facilitation ability. When I started teaching, I relied heavily on notes and the sessions were largely teacher centred.
As my confidence developed, I engaged in new teaching methods and progressed to a facilitation role to enhance students' learning. This development was supported through my experiences and relationships with student groups whilst also participating in a postgraduate education course. Infante suggested that nurse education is not an information loading process, thus recognising the need to facilitate learning by engaging students with the process and leading them to develop their skills in becoming reflective and self aware of their own journey towards being a competent practitioner.
Learning requires a number of ingredients to engage and enthuse students while developing the student-teacher relationship. For me, learning is all about fun and passion. I recognise that when I facilitate a session I need to perform and maintain presence with students to enable them to feel included and comfortable.
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Cunnane considered the notion that the teacher is the entertainer in order to appeal to all students and provide an inclusive and connective learning environment. During my transition, I have had my teaching observed by more experienced colleagues on a number of occasions, which is pivotal to my development to receive constructive feedback on my performance and my interaction with student groups. Students have also fed back significant learning points when evaluating sessions; this not only consolidates their learning but will support continuous improvement for the next group Gopee, It has helped me to reflect and identify strategies to move forward in my development and encourages excellence, supporting me to maintain a nurturing relationship with students.
The difficulty is striking a balance in the academic role in terms of being both a nurse and a teacher. Having a dual profession presents a challenge of discovering new boundaries with students Peel, The rationale for this is that, as healthcare professionals, we are experts in providing compassionate support to individuals in a caring and empathetic manner. However, in academia we need to provide support to the students but the dynamics of the relationship need to change in order for it to be successful. Striking this balance is often the most difficult aspect for new academics to grasp, but equally it is part of the teacher journey to develop understanding of the boundaries of the role.
Nursing is a demanding course and students may have issues in their personal life that can impact on their ability to cope. As part of my role and identity in higher education I am assigned personal students to support during their journey to become a registered nurse. I have found being a personal tutor challenging, as there is an expectation from students that tutors can resolve issues and act as a safety net. The success of the relationship is dependent on trust, access to the tutor and communication approaches Dobinson-Harrington, Within academia, there is an assumption that tutors automatically possess these professional skills due to previous experience.
I feel that I often need to counsel students but I do not believe I have the necessary skills, knowledge or training to support students competently. I have often felt during the transition process that I am unable to support students and meet their expectations. However, this may be due to the impact of my expectations of my role rather than believing that I have successfully supported a number of students in a variety of contexts.
The personal tutor-student relationship is similar to the relationship that I had with patients and families in practice. I support and counsel using the same principles, however in higher education personal tutors cannot hand over students, therefore a cautionary factor needs to be considered: that of balancing involvement and avoiding adopting a parenting role, which may confuse the boundaries of the role and the student-tutor relationship.
There are variations on students' expectations of the personal tutor and the level of quality support required to each individual. To some extent there is no end to the boundaries of the role of the teacher within higher education. Expectations appear to vary between institutions and perhaps a core understanding needs to be developed in order to ensure the appropriate support and guidance is put in place. Being assertive in response to intended workload, and knowing my boundaries and expectations, allows me to be precise in how I need to direct my energy and focus to ensure it is distributed equally between tasks.
Understanding the transition process is a catalyst to identifying boundaries; for example, I believe I am a counsellor, facilitator, monitor, researcher, assessor, educator, supporter and entertainer. Giving feedback has perhaps been one of the most challenging aspects as minimal guidance is given to new teachers.
Certainly, I have reflected on my journey and recognise that students often don't engage with written feedback, so perhaps they perceive academic work to be of less value than practice. Engaging students with support and directive feedback will continue to be a challenge.
From the academic perspective and the higher education ethos, we need to equip the academic team with the appropriate resources and skills to competently and effectively manage and meet the diverse needs of our student population. This is particularly significant in the widening participation of higher education institutions and the progression to an all graduate profession.
The reason I have become a teacher in higher education is due to the passion and motivation I experienced from lecturers during my nurse education. I feel that now I am in this position, I can give back some of this passion in supporting the future nursing workforce. I have no regrets in making the transition but I recognise that I still have a long journey ahead, while I continue to adjust and adapt from the novice to the expert within my role.
Developing boundaries with students and understanding what constitutes an appropriate level of support will continue to be a challenge in nursing education, due to the unique needs of our students and the demands of the course. I think it will take time to adjust and accept the balance of support due to my previous role as a nursing professional. Establishing the boundaries will be developmental and progressive through experience and perhaps is an area for all new teachers to discover on an individual basis.
Advice and support from colleagues is vital in this process but it is up to me as the professional to seek the appropriate methods and mechanisms to effectively manage and support students.
Further research needs to be considered to investigate the appropriate level of support needed for new academics and how best to nurture the attributes that new academics bring to the higher education sector. New teachers in higher education need support and guidance so they can reflect and review their practice to see how they can develop and improve.
Learning points and recommendations for the novice teacher and higher education institutions to consider are:. Becci has since moved to the position of Child Tutor at the University of Surrey. Student Experience. Business Services. How should distance learning and taught modes be treated? Rebecca Jones, Lecturer in Children's Nursing, University of Bedfordshire  Keywords : Supporting new teachers, reflection, transition to higher education, facilitating learning, role boundaries Summary This paper discusses the journey of transition from practice to education by reflecting on the opportunities and challenges of this process.
Introduction To be a successful academic in nursing education, two core ingredients are required: practice experience and teaching skills. Reflection of the Journey My journey into higher education began as a student nurse when I was inspired by the teachers who supported me. Culture Shock Anderson , p. Facilitating Learning Facilitating students' learning requires a teacher with a multitude of skills, for example, the ability to engage students and share and inspire knowledge development.
Entertaining and Engaging Students with the Topic Learning requires a number of ingredients to engage and enthuse students while developing the student-teacher relationship. Supporting Students The difficulty is striking a balance in the academic role in terms of being both a nurse and a teacher. Role Boundaries and challenges To some extent there is no end to the boundaries of the role of the teacher within higher education. Conclusion The reason I have become a teacher in higher education is due to the passion and motivation I experienced from lecturers during my nurse education.
Recommendations New teachers in higher education need support and guidance so they can reflect and review their practice to see how they can develop and improve. Learning points and recommendations for the novice teacher and higher education institutions to consider are: Include time for new teachers to develop and reflect. Allow for adjustment to the culture shock and have appropriate support tailored to the new teacher needs.
Nurture students' motivation and explore creative methods to support their journey from novice to qualified professional. References Anderson, J. Journal of Nursing Education 48 4 p Boyd, P. Lawley, L. Learning in Health and Social Care 8 4 p Cunnane, S. The Times Higher Education. Daley, B. Adult Education Quarterly 49 4 p Eastern and western principles, practices and creative inspirations from great thinkers of our time on being whole and living well provides a variety of perspectives for personal growth and self-renewal on our journey to wholeness.
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