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Unfolding Cases: An Experiential Learning Model

Glendon, Kellie MSN, RNC; Ulrich, Deborah L. PhD, RN

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The focus of education has changed from teaching to learning. This educational model stresses student outcomes that include critical thinking, effective communication, and students' ability to reflect their own learning. This article describes "unfolding cases," a comprehensive plan of learning that allows student practice time to solve individually and collectively problems they may encounter in clinical situations. It combines a variation and extension of the frequently used strategy of case study with multiple cooperative learning strategies, culminating in an individual reflective writing experience.

Kellie Glendon MSN, RNC Associate Professor, Miami University, Hamilton, Ohio,,

Deborah L. Ulrich PhD, RN Associate Professor, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio,

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