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Mental models and metaphors and their use in the education of nurses

Mental models and metaphors and their use in the education of nurses

Burke, L.M. and Wilson, A.M. (1997) Mental models and metaphors and their use in the education of nurses. Journal Of Nursing Management, 5 (6). pp. 351-357. ISSN 1365-2834 (online) (doi:

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A great deal of nurses' confidence in the use of information technology (IT)depends both on the way computers are introduced to students in the college and how such education is continued and applied when they are practitioners. It is therefore vital that teachers of IT assist nurses to discover ways of learning to utilise computers within their workplace with whatever methods are available. One method which has been introduced with success in other fields is the use of mental models and metaphors. Mental models and metaphors enable individuals to learn by building on past learning. Concepts and ideas which have already been internalised from past experience can be transferred and adapted for usage in a new learning situation with computers and technology. This article explores the use of mental models and metaphors for the technological education of nurses. The concepts themselves will be examined, followed by suggestions for possible applications specifically in the field of health care and nursing. Finally, the role of the teacher in enabling improved learning as a result of these techniques will be addressed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: information technology (IT), mental models and metaphors, past learning, internalised learning, technological education of nurses, health care and nursing
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:18
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