Wk 3: March 17-March 30:
Why we need flexible learning?
Do we need more flexible learning, or is all this choice a bad idea?
Absolutely, i think that any initiatives that improve access to education and knowledge must be good. Reading through some of the articles'comments from Leigh's postings around the topic if found myself reconsidering the historical approaches which have been utilised to deliver the nursing education in NZ. The apprenticeship model which was utilised up until the late 1980's was one which relied heavily on the participatory models of learning ie: learning on the job, hands on. Indispersed was the theory knowledge which underpinned the practical experiences which nurses were having.
Back to the topic.
why do we need flexible learning? Increasing the ability for undergraduate and post graduate nurses to complete course work at a pace/time to suit their lifestyles would support this approach. 94% of the nursing workforce in NZ are female. Median age is 40-45yrs. Many of these will have family /home comittments that mean that participating edcuation in the 'tradtional' 9-5pm monday to friday option would not be a desirable option Some recent statistics give some more details
offering studnets the opportunity to participate in a range of flexible learning option would be advantageous for them.
Just some thoughts....