‘This House Believes’: Using Debate as a Teaching Approach to Healthcare Law & Ethics (74218)

Session Information: Teaching Experiences, Pedagogy, Practice & Praxis
Session Chair: Calvin Walton

Friday, 22 September 2023 09:55
Session: Session 1
Room: Sants
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 2 (Europe/Madrid)

Healthcare law and ethics is a core theme within the BSc Nursing curriculum. This is a nuanced and highly complex topic, which can be challenging to teach (Dimond 2019). There was an opportunity to develop an assisted dying debate within a 3rd year complexities of adult care module to support the development of analytical and critical thinking skills, whilst also fostering professional teamwork and communication (NMC 2023).
The students were divided into 2 teams and assigned 'for' or 'against' the motion: ‘This house believes the law should be changed to allow competent adults who are terminally ill to request assistance to end their own lives’. We asked students to present a legal and ethical evidence-based argument using the supporting literature. Students worked collaboratively in teams to develop their argument. They then delivered an oral presentation to their peers. The facilitators also invited each side to present a rebuttal and encouraged them to professionally challenge each other.
Students positively evaluated this debate, as they could apply this learning directly to their clinical practice, where they use evidence-based professional arguments to justify their clinical decisions. This reinforced the development of social intelligence and innovation as graduate attributes. This innovative pedagogy engaged students, prompting them to actively participate, suggesting this could be used in a variety of topic areas (Race 2020).

Marianne Fairley Murdoch, University of Stirling, United Kingdom

About the Presenter(s)
Ms Marianne Fairley Murdoch is a University Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer at University of Stirling in United Kingdom

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00