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Essay writing in nursing: alerting students and teachers to the educational benefits

Essay writing in nursing: alerting students and teachers to the educational benefits

Nurse Education Today 15(5): 351-356

Essay writing has recently emerged as an important tool in the appraisal of nursing students at pre- and post-registration level. However, despite its popularity, this activity seems to be somewhat taken for granted. Undoubtedly some nursing students find the transition to essay writing in Higher Education difficult. They seem unaware of assessment procedures, the importance of feedback and more importantly the individual sub-processes which go to make up the process of writing itself. Consequently, the essay is seen as a task and not as an opportunity for learning. This paper is aimed at pre- and post-registration nursing students and their teachers. The paper seeks to reveal some of the research evidence around essay writing. Under the heading of research, four areas are explored. These include the context of essay writing; writing itself; essay planning and finally perspectives on essay writing. The implications of this research are then examined under the separate headings of assessment procedures and the nature of teachers' feedback comments. ... The Essay then, is not a routine exercise, a chore for the student to write, a chore for the professor to read. It is, if properly approached by both parties, education in the truest sense. (Harris & McDougall 1958, p viii)

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DOI: 10.1016/s0260-6917(95)80008-5

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