Resurrecting Philosophers in an Online Doctoral Philosophy Course in Nursing

Delene Volkert, Jennifer Castleberry, Bonnie J. Fellows, Meredythe Goodreau, Lisa Hesser, Catherine Whitley

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Philosophy courses are hallmarks for research-focused doctoral nursing programs. They help students develop inductive reasoning to build critical thinking skills, but students often find them dry and boring and have difficulty developing enthusiasm for the material. Students in an online EdD in Nursing Education program were able to engage with philosophical topics meaningfully by designing and facilitating creative peer-learning activities. To assess the realization of learning outcomes, participating students completed a survey at the end of the module. Five of the six participants (83 percent) indicated they agreed or strongly agreed that the activities helped meet course learning outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E54-E56
JournalNursing Education Perspectives
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Doctoral Nursing Education
  • Doctoral Philosophy Courses
  • Online Doctoral Students
  • Online Role-Play
  • Teaching-Learning Practices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Nursing


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