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Curriculum Development in Nursing Education, Second Edition

Author(s): Carroll Iwasiw, RN, MScN, EdD, School of Nursing, University of Western Ontario, Ontario, Canada
Mary-Anne Andrusyszyn, RN, MScN, EdD, School of Nursing, University of Western Ontario, Ontario, Canada
Dolly Goldenberg, PhD, RN, MA, MScN, School of Nursing, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada
  • ISBN-13: 9780763755959
  • Paperback    355 pages      © 2009
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Curriculum Development in Nursing Education, Second Edition continues its dedication to the advancement of nursing education, and in particular, to the ongoing development of relevant yet dynamic nursing education curricula. This Second Edition offers current, accessible, and comprehensive tips and tools and incorporates a balance of theoretical perspectives and practical applications.

The Second Edition has been completely revised and updated and includes an expanded focus on developing a
context-relevant curriculum. A major determinant in any nursing education curriculum is the context in which the curriculum is developed and offered. This context is the professional, societal, health care, and educational situations to which the curriculum must respond, and is what makes each school’s curriculum unique. Curriculum Development in Nursing Education helps nurse educators create a program of study that will meet the contextual needs of their individual setting.

New to this Edition:

  • Expanded focus on developing a context-relevant curriculum
  • New sections on educational technologies, distributed learning, and curriculum evaluation.
  • New chapters on preparing for external program review, building a curriculum, and evaluation of a curriculum.

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  • A description of one element of the curriculum development process.
  • A discussion about faculty development activities to support that aspect of curriculum development.
  • Case studies that target the specific concepts and processes addressed
  • Other synthesis activities that will enable the reader to apply the process to their own contexts.

  Chapter  1  Introduction to Context-Relevant Curriculum Development in Nursing Education
  Chapter  2  Faculty Support for Curriculum Development
  Chapter  3  Leading Curriculum Development
  Chapter  4  Organizing Curriculum Development
  Chapter  5  Faculty Development and Change for Curriculum Development
  Chapter  6  Data-Gathering for a Context-Relevant Curriculum
  Chapter  7  From Contextual Data to Curriculum Nucleus
  Chapter  8  Developing Philosophical Approaches and Formulating Curriculum Outcomes
  Chapter  9  Curriculum Design
  Chapter  10  Course Design
  Chapter  11  Planning Curriculum Implementation
  Chapter  12  Planning Curriculum Evaluation
  Chapter  13  Flexible Delivery of Nursing Education Curricula
  Chapter  14  The Future of Curriculum Development in Nursing Education

Carroll Iwasiw, RN, MScN, EdD-School of Nursing, University of Western Ontario, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Carroll Iwasiw is the former director of the University of Western Ontario School of Nursing and oversaw the introduction of a university-college collaborative BScN program. She led the development of a nursing management curriculum in Russia in 1995-1998 and the first BScN curriculum in Rwanda in 2005-09. Dr. Iwasiw has chaired the Council of Ontario University Programs in Nursing and is chair of the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Accreditation Bureau. She is a recipient of a teaching excellence award from the Ontario Council of University Faculty Associations and has been named a World Expert in Nursing Education by the World Health Organization.

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Mary-Anne Andrusyszyn, RN, MScN, EdD-School of Nursing, University of Western Ontario, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Andrusyszyn is currently the Director of the Arthur Labatt School of Nursing. She has served on the Board of Accreditation of the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing, the Nursing Education Advisory Council for the province of Manitoba, and the Ministerial Council on Nursing Education in Manitoba. She was a former Chair of the Brandon University School of Nursing and Health Studies in Manitoba. Dr. Andrusyszyn coordinated an international development program for nurses from Botswana and conducted faculty development workshops across the country related to facilitating online learning as well as curriculum renewal.


Dolly Goldenberg, PhD, RN, MA, MScN-School of Nursing, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Dolly Goldenberg is the former Chair of Graduate Programs in Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiity of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada. She is the author and co-author of numerous peer-reviewed articles on nursing education, curriculum, evaluation, and nursing administration, as well as a reviewer for several peer-reviewed nursing journals. Currently, she is a co-founding editor of the on-line International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship. Dr. Goldenberg has served as a mentor and co-investigator for graduate nursing students with their research, and particpated in assessments of nursing faculty applicants for Research Grants to the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada. She was a co-investigator for the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities' Articulation Study, which led to Ontario's university-college collaborative baccalaureate nursing programs. Dr. Goldenberg received the Excellence in Nursing Education Award from Iota Omicron Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau for her achievements in teaching, curriculum development, and evaluation. She has been active in nursing program evaluation, and consults about program development, revision, as well as accreditation.

  • "I have been waiting for decades for this book to be written.  The authors take the reader on a wonderful journey by means of a step-by-step approach to the entire process of curriculum development.  It covers each aspect of the process comprehensively.  And it delivers this in a way that makes this complex process understandable.

    The tables in the book greatly aid in the mastery of curriculum development.  The process is further made to 'come alive' with each chapter’s synthesis activities.  These involve a case study approach.  The value of this is increased by questions that relate the cases to the various steps in the design process.  This is then followed by curriculum development questions for consideration in the reader’s present or future setting.   I highly recommend this book for anyone involved in curriculum design on any level."

    Gladys L. Husted, PhD, RN, CNE

    School of Nursing, Distinguished Professor
    Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA


    "The nursing curriculum development textbook by Iwasiw, Goldenberg, and Andrusyszyn presents practical steps and considerations as faculty define, philosophize, construct, and evaluate curriculum. The chapter formats feature overview, goals, content, summary, activities, and references that are logical and quite helpful. Numerous tables concisely and aptly demonstrate major points and principles of the content areas. The textbook is a useful nursing curriculum tool for individual and/or committee educators who may represent a continuum of experience from initiate to seasoned levels. In all, the authors offer gems of information for all levels of nursing curriculum development and/or modification."


    — Dot Baker, RN, MS(N), CS, EdD

    Associate Professor, Nursing
    Wilmington College, DE


    "I am already using the curriculum book and am extremely satisfied with it."

    Gladys Husted
    Duquesne University

    "Nurse educators will find help in their task as curriculum developers; this book includes case studies, synthesis activities to demonstrate practical application of the processes and extensive references."

     Canadian Nurse
    May 2005, Vol.101, No.5, Page 11

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