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Understanding Backward Design to Strengthen Curricular Models

Emory, Jan PhD, RN, CNE

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000034
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Nurse educators have responded to the call for transformation in education. Challenges remain in planning curricular implementation to facilitate understanding of essential content for student success on licensure examinations and in professional practice. The conceptual framework Backward Design (BD) can support and guide curriculum decisions. Using BD principles in conjunction with educational models can strengthen and improve curricula. This article defines and describes the BD process, and identifies reported benefits for nursing education.

Author Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Eleanor Mann School of Nursing, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Emory, Eleanor Mann School of Nursing, 606 Razorback Road, Office 245, Fayetteville, AR 72703 (

Accepted for publication: February 10, 2014

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