Cultivating interpretive thinking through enacting narrative pedagogy

Nurs Outlook. 2006 May-Jun;54(3):159-65. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2006.02.002.


Teachers and educational researchers in nursing have persisted in their attempts to teach students critical thinking and to evaluate the effectiveness of these efforts. Yet, despite the plethora of studies investigating critical thinking, there is a paucity of research providing evidence that teachers' efforts improve students' thinking. The purpose of this interpretive phenomenological study is to explicate how students' thinking can be extended when teachers use Narrative Pedagogy. Specifically, the theme Cultivating Interpretive Thinking refers to how teachers' use of Narrative Pedagogy moves beyond the critical thinking movement's emphasis on analytical thinking (i.e., problem solving). Cultivating Interpretive Thinking offers an innovative approach for teaching and learning thinking that attends to students' embodied, reflective, and pluralistic thinking experiences. Teachers who cultivate interpretive thinking add complexity to students' thinking to better prepare them for challenging, complex, and unpredictable clinical environments.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Clinical Competence
  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate / organization & administration*
  • Existentialism
  • Faculty, Nursing / organization & administration
  • Feminism
  • Humans
  • Narration*
  • Nursing Education Research
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Nursing Process*
  • Philosophy, Nursing
  • Problem Solving
  • Program Evaluation
  • Students, Nursing / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Teaching / methods
  • Thinking*