Preceptorship via action research : a reflective account
Morton-Cooper, Alison (1997) Preceptorship via action research : a reflective account. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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This thesis provides a reflective account of the introduction of a provisional model of
transitional learning support (known as preceptorship) offered to newly qualified nurses
via an action research project. 284 nurses took part in the project over a three year period.
By a process of collaborative exploration, reflection and problem-solving, preceptor
partnerships were established in the workplace in an attempt to uncover and articulate the
learning and socialisation processes encountered at the beginning stages of a nurse's
Data relating to the model's implementation was collected via eleven different methods,
the most data-rich being that of values exploration and clarification using the dialectical
technique of 'Socratic Questioning'. The data and relevant literature were then
collaboratively analysed and interpreted by co-researchers using the principles of reflective
practice. The emerging account of beginning practice in nursing was then synthesised and
'reconstructed' by the primary researcher, drawing on the theoretical and philosophical
perspectives of Social Constructionism and Human Ecology.
A practice based theory of preceptorship was developed and empirically tested through
the project, and a description and reflective evaluation of the processes involved is
provided here. Tentative recommendations are then offered for the future development of
preceptorship in the workplace.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RT Nursing|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Nursing -- Study and teaching (Preceptorship) -- Great Britain|
|Official Date:||November 1997|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Department of Continuing Education|
|Supervisor(s)/Advisor:||Bamford, Margaret ; Tight, Malcolm|
|Sponsors:||West Midlands Regional Health Authority|
|Extent:||v, 307 leaves|
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