Instilling the value of reading literature through student-led book discussion groups

J Nurs Educ. 2004 Jan;43(1):40-4. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20040101-07.


With the desire to instill the value of lifelong reading, nursing faculty and a librarian developed a student-led book discussion group as an innovative teaching strategy for a senior seminar course. Inclusion of the librarian was unique and influenced the shape and rigor of the assignment. In this assignment, students chose one of the faculty-selected books, researched its author(s), read relevant professional book reviews, and developed questions for their peer discussion groups. Student and faculty responses were positive and clearly demonstrated the benefits of this assignment for students' personal development and professional growth.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Communication
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate / methods*
  • Faculty, Nursing
  • Group Processes*
  • Humanities / education*
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Librarians / psychology
  • Literature*
  • Nursing Education Research
  • Peer Group
  • Professional Role
  • Program Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Students, Nursing / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Teaching / methods*