Narrative Pedagogy: Transforming Nursing Education Through 15 Years of Research in Nursing Education

Nurs Educ Perspect. 2015 Mar/Apr;36(2):83-88. doi: 10.5480/13-1102.


Aim: This article provides a review of current disciplinary understanding of Narrative Pedagogy and describes the implications for ongoing transformation in nursing education.

Background: Narrative Pedagogy has been enacted and investigated by teachers around the world for more than 15 years. Few nursing educational innovations or pedagogies in nursing have been adopted in such an array of settings/levels.

Method: A review of the nursing literature was conducted to locate reports of research on and teaching innovations derived from Narrative Pedagogy.

Results: Narrative Pedagogy has an extensive and longitudinal body of research describing how the approach contributes to the educational transformation the discipline seeks.

Conclusion: Narrative Pedagogy and the growing literature describing how it is enacted provides a way for teachers and students to persist in questioning their current understanding of nursing, the ways they think about the situations they encounter, and how their practice can best be learned.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Education, Nursing / trends*
  • Female
  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Learning
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Narration*
  • Nursing Education Research / trends*
  • Teaching*