Title: Facilitating Learning in Healthcare
Edited by: Sarah Carter
Publisher: Pharmaceutical Press, 2011
Reviewer: Simon Browes, doctoral research student
What was it like?
Facilitating learning is a core part of any healthcare practitioner’s role. Whether you are supporting undergraduates in practice, contributing to academic teaching or providing learning opportunities for colleagues, we all need skills in teaching and learning. This title provides a structured approach to each aspect of the learning process. Using examples from practice education, this book sits neatly in the space between university and the practice world. Written by experts from pharmacy education, they have endeavoured to make this a relevant text for all healthcare disciplines.
If teaching is not your main role, this book provides sufficient depth to support your development as an educator along with extensive reference lists to guide your further reading. I particularly enjoyed the chapters; how-to approach, guiding you through assessing, planning, delivering and evaluating learning activities. As lifelong learners, this publication provides insight into how we learn and can help you to identify opportunities to suit your needs and preferences.
What were the highlights?
This is a book that fills an important space on my bookshelf and has proven to be a fantastic, concise resource for teaching and learning theory. For practitioners like me who are developing their teaching skills or undertaking teaching qualifications, this book brings together a range of literature, theories and approaches into one accessible volume.
Strengths & weaknesses
If I had to find something to improve upon, it would be the rather ordinary format and lack of colour… but that really is nit-picking. The book acknowledges that its contributors come from a pharmacy background, perhaps future editions could invite contributions from a range of health professions.
Who should read it?
This is a valuable resource for anyone who has a role in teaching and learning in healthcare, whatever their level of practice. Whether you are a staff nurse, clinical specialist, manager, researcher or clinical educator - we are all lifelong learners and should strive to be teachers.