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The National League for Nursing Education Competencies state that educators must be competent in using cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains of learning. Nursing education regarding cognitive learning, skills training, and test preparation is abundant. Information on affective teaching methods is harder to find until a recently published book by Springer provided a fresh look at the subject. This topic has not received much attention in the last 20 years. Now Affective Teaching in Nursing: Connecting to Feelings, Values, and Inner Awareness (2014) by Springer, New York, written by Dennis Ondrejka, PhD, RN, CNS, regenerates the discussion.

 

The author follows the history of affective teaching from its inception in Bloom's Taxonomy to present-day practice. The book addresses teaching infrastructure needs, affective teaching models, and tools for measuring the results of affective teaching, the use of affective teaching in distance learning and at conferences, to include an international perspective. The risks and advantages of affective teaching are identified as well as how they have been addressed by a variety of nursing educators.

 

This new addition to nursing literature adds new perspective to the body of knowledge for nurse educators who wish to go beyond the objective domain of teaching to explore the enriching possibilities of affective teaching.

 

Submitted by: Alma Jackson, PhD, RN, COHN-S, News Editor at NENewsEditor@gmail.com, with Dennis Ondrejka, PhD, RN, CNS.