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Concept maps and nursing theory: a pedagogical approach.

College of Nursing, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Rd, North Dartmouth, MA 02747, USA.
Nurse educator (Impact Factor: 0.49). 05/2012; 37(3):131-5. DOI: 10.1097/NNE.0b013e31825041ba
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ABSTRACT Faculty seek to teach nursing students how to link clinical and theoretical knowledge with the intent of improving patient outcomes. The author discusses an innovative 9-week concept mapping activity as a pedagogical approach to teach nursing theory in a graduate theory course. Weekly concept map building increased student engagement and fostered theoretical thinking. Unexpectedly, this activity also benefited students through group work and its ability to enhance theory-practice knowledge.

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