Metaplan: A Mutual Methodology for Interdisciplinary Research

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CONFERENCE: SoTL Commons Conference

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Anderson, Gina, Dunlap, Karen, Rademacher, Joyce, McMenamy, Nancy
Nursing education, MetaPlan, Teacher education, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, SoTL, Interdisciplinary, Faculty Learning Communities, FLC
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The purpose of this presentation is to reflect upon the use of the Metaplan methodology for the goals of interdisciplinary research and programmatic changes. A faculty learning community (FLC) utilized this methodology to gather data for an interdisciplinary investigation of pre-service teaching and nursing students' perspectives of whether their core curriculum adequately prepared them for success in upper-division, professional coursework. The Metaplan methodology is highlighted as an effective tool for faculty members conducting interdisciplinary research because it includes the voices of various stakeholders in educational settings (Cowart & Rademacher, 1998; Pemberton, Rademacher, & Anderson, 2006); Rademacher, Schumaker, & Deschler, 1996). The primary objectives of the session include a brief description of the interdisciplinary faculty learning community research study, definition and characteristics of the Metaplan, solicitation of audience participation during a mock demonstration of the Metaplan focus group process, and dissemination of ideas for Metaplan implementation into SoTL research.

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