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Stories in Ageing: Reflection, Inquiry, Action

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‘It is easy to follow and use and the layout is good.’

Title: Stories in Ageing: reflection, Inquiry, Action

Authors: Margaret Webb, Jan Skinner, Lisa Hee

Publisher: Elsevier

Reviewer: Liz Lees, PhD Student, NIHR, University of Manchester and Consultant Nurse, The Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham

What was it like?

This is a learning resource and is described in brief as ”the complete learning experience”. It provides a detailed guide through video and audio stories in ten short chapters and transcripts. It has a uniform and structured approach throughout and is aimed cross the disciplines for ”learners from certificate level to post graduate studies”. The structured approach enables three specific methods to approach the work namely. Reflection following the activity (video or audio) with questions to prompt thinking; Inquiry with evidence and links to articles etc, and Action using an ABC approach.

What were the highlights?

Provided that you want to enter into a whole experience and not just have a good read, the highlight is - the way that the resource has been carefully assembled to represent a truly blended learning experience. I feel this approach should be replicated to all on line learning modules and then we are getting near to a true alternative to didactic classroom based learning. And in the busy lives we lead the activities can easily be picked up again, perhaps where they were left.

Strengths & weaknesses:

It is easy to follow and use and the layout is good. The stories throughout the resource are Australian and I think because of this it took me longer than I expected to relate to the context; e.g. “looking after ageing Aboriginal people” and the diversity of this. It was a challenge in parts to relate to my own work in the UK. Conversely, it provided a stimulating experience because it’s a bit different to the norm!

Who should read it?

Although this resource is pitched ”at all levels” I think it is better suited to professionals with some experience, hence not too experienced so that they feel too familiar with the stories and not too junior to appreciate/engage with the depth of the real life experiences that are used.

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