Curriculum development as a scholarly activity - a dying art?
Essentially our thesis is that for a variety of reasons, skills that we could at one time count on amongst nurse educators (ones which allowed us to stand out amongst University peers when we joined that sector) have been in serious decline for some years now and that curriculum development as a scholarly activity is a serious challenge for nursing faculty. This paper seeks to share our faculty's experience of curriculum development over the past 12 years and will explore • Why is this happening? • Whose problem is it? • What are the present/future challenges in craft transfer? • How can we develop the future workforce • What can we do in the meantime? Why this is happening? Reasons that are said to influence this demise in curriculum skills are: competing priorities to publish or be damned; less obvious curriculum/nursing frameworks: changes in society: lack of magnetism of academic careers and the one that we are unable to do anything about a rapidly ageing 'nurse academic' workforce. Whose problem is it? We contend that this is everybody's problem however we are all part of the solution but there is obviously a 'cry' for academic leadership. What are the present/future challenges in craft transfer? In our experience there seems to be little or no apparent thought or activity going on to deal with 'craft transfer' for those who we are managing to attract into nurse education. What can we do in the meantime? We will share our approach to capacity building through the experience of approaches that have been utilised to develop and implement the curriculum; these include the incremental approach; the commissioning approach and the capacity building approach. How can we develop the future workforce? Perhaps it is time to challenge the way we think, we will share our experience of using creative strategies to 'hardwire' curriculum development as a scholarly activity in our existing workforce.