The study reported here examined discussion forum postings made by graduate nursing students in an online course about facilitating student learning to “surface” their descriptions of what makes for a “good” teacher. Substantial Forum postings on five learning-focused topics in each of five semesters of the course were analyzed, using qualitative methods, and themes emerging from those postings were identified. These themes will be identified and explained, representative quotes from students will be provided to illustrate each theme, and implications of the findings will be discussed. Additionally, participants will be invited to engage in discussion about the barriers that make excellent teaching difficult to achieve, as well as the knowledge, skill and support needed to achieve excellence as a teacher.
This study helps faculty teaching in a professional program such as nursing understand how those students define “good teachers,” compare those definitions with descriptions of “good teachers” found in the literature, and reflect on their own practices as teachers.
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