Case studies in class: Context for success

Tim Bristol, Walden University


Learning lasts when the students can make direct connections to real life. From experiential learning models to constructivism, it has been long understood that “making it real” is what students need (Jeffries & Clochesy, 2012). Trying to learn a concept with little or no connection to actual nursing practice can be ineffective and frustrating. It is also understood that nurses function at the application and analysis level (or higher) of cognitive processing. Classroom learning at the knowledge and comprehension level, without the opportunity for application, puts students at risk for forgetting or misunderstanding concepts in the clinical setting.