My face, a window to communication: Using creative design in learning

Emmanuel, E, Collins, D and Carey, M (2010) My face, a window to communication: Using creative design in learning. Nurse Education Today, 30 8: 720-725. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2010.01.011

Author Emmanuel, E
Collins, D
Carey, M
Title My face, a window to communication: Using creative design in learning
Journal name Nurse Education Today   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0260-6917
Publication date 2010-11-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2010.01.011
Volume 30
Issue 8
Start page 720
End page 725
Total pages 6
Place of publication Kidlington, United Kingdom
Publisher Churchill Livingstone
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Creative art as part of assessment in nursing is a powerful alternative to traditional methods of promoting engagement for students who have different learning styles, and who value engagement in creative activities. This paper describes an innovative assessment approach for first year nursing students which addressed the development of a beginning knowledge base in therapeutic communication as well as critical thinking and writing skills. Each student was asked to design a wearable mask to display an abstract interpretation of the therapeutic communication skills required as a nursing student, followed by a discussion about therapeutic nursing communication.Results from an evaluation of the assessment are described using Bigg's (1995) structure of observed learning outcome (SOLO) taxonomy. Seventy percent of students (n= 35) found the new assessment to be an effective learning strategy. As a creative exercise, 82% (n= 41) found the assessment to have engaged them at a personal level. More effort is needed for innovative assessment strategies to promote student engagement. Use of a creative assessment approach that incorporates art creation shows much promise in bridging the gap from a superficial understanding of concepts to an understanding characterised by deeper learning. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.
Keyword Assessment
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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