Many of today’s learning environments are dominated by technology or procedure-driven approaches that leave learners feeling alone and disconnected. The authors of Centring Human Connections in the Education of Health Professionals argue that educational processes in the health disciplines should model, integrate, and celebrate human connections because it is these connections that will foster the development of competent and caring health professionals.
Centring Human Connections in the Education of Health Professionals equips educators working in clinical, classroom, and online settings with a variety of teaching strategies that facilitate essential human connections. Included is an overview of the educational theory that grounds the authors’ thinking, enabling the educators who employ the strategies included in the book to assess their fit within curriculum requirements and personal teaching philosophies and understand how and why they work.
About the authors
Sherri Melrose has been an associate professor in the Faculty of Health Disciplines at Athabasca University for twenty years. She is a winner of the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Award for Excellence in Nursing Education and the Western and Northern Region Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Educational Innovation Award.
Caroline Park retired from Athabasca University at the end of 2019. She had been with the Master of Nursing and Health Studies Programs since its inception twenty years earlier. She has practiced and taught in many settings in Canada, the US and Britain, including fourteen years in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta.
Beth Perry is a professor in the Faculty of Health Disciplines, Centre for Nursing and Health Studies, Athabasca University. She is a co-author of Teaching Health Professionals Online (2013), Centring Human Connections in the Education of Health Professionals (2020) and the author of More Moments in Time: Images of Exemplary Nursing (2009).