Expanding horizons: Lonergan's philosophy as a guide to PhD program pedagogy
Graduate School of Nursing
Medical Education | Nursing
Historically, research-focused doctoral programs in nursing have used the apprenticeship model to educate and prepare nurse scientists for research careers. The assumption is that students learn best when paired with a faculty member who is working on the same topic. This model works well when there is a stable workforce, adequate funding streams and sufficient faculty with diverse expertise to capture the enthusiasm and varied topics of incoming doctoral students. However, we believe there are alternative approaches that are worth exploring. We propose an alternative way of preparing students for entry into nursing science. The purpose of this paper is to describe one PhD program's new approach, based on the philosophical premises of Bernard Lonergan, to create a generation of creative, insightful thinkers who expand the horizons of the nursing discipline.
Lonergan, Pedagogy, PhD Nursing Education, Philosophy
DOI of Published Version
Nurs Outlook. 2018 Jan - Feb;66(1):77-83. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2017.07.003. Epub 2017 Jul 15. Link to article on publisher's site
Bova CA, Perry DJ, Kane AT, Morris NS, Fain JA. (2018). Expanding horizons: Lonergan's philosophy as a guide to PhD program pedagogy. Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing Publications. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.outlook.2017.07.003. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/gsn_pp/69