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Title: Senior nursing lecturers' understanding of education for sustainable development : a phenomenographic study
Author: West, Rosetta J.
ISNI:       0000 0004 7224 6536
Awarding Body: London South Bank University
Current Institution: London South Bank University
Date of Award: 2014
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Explicit reference to the concept of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) within nurse education literature is scarce, impacting on the understanding of senior lecturers; the focus of this study. There is also the absence of badly-needed transformative educational practices to prepare and support students for current and future decision-making and practice. The concept of ESD is based on the notion that human behaviour, both individually and collectively, directly contributes to climate change, which has an impact on health and well-being. The aim of the study was to investigate the different described ways that ESD is understood in relation to nurse education. The research question was, “what do senior lecturers understand by the term ‘Education for Sustainable Development’ in relation to nurse education?”. A phenomenographic, qualitative approach was adopted. Data collection was undertaken from a sample of ten participants, utilising semi-structured interviews, transcribed verbatim. Analysis was in accordance with the phenomenographical approach (i.e., familiarisation, compilation, condensation, classification/grouping, preliminary comparisons, naming of categories, contrastive comparison of each category) and resulted in the outcome space with referential and structural aspects. Results demonstrated relevance as the referential aspect and responsibility, globalisation and professional leadership as the structural aspects. The findings underpinned a proposed local framework for nurse education practice regarding pedagogical approaches and educator ethical reflection to facilitate effective interdisciplinary transformative educational practices and local change management strategies. Limitations are acknowledged and these include study size, local institutional particulars and manual analysis of the data which may have affected category formation. Face-to-face interviews, personal and professional experiences may have influenced participant responses. To effect purposeful nurse education, continued dissemination and further research should be considered by professional organisations and affected parties regarding explicit reference to ESD.
Supervisor: Lerman, Stephen ; Burns, Jean Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Prof.) Qualification Level: Doctoral