The Pedagogy of Civility: Innovative Strategies to Create an Engaged Learning Environment

Cynthia M. Clark, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

For many nurse educators, the start of a new semester beckons and thoughts turn to preparing for classes and welcoming a new group of students. For some, this is an exciting and much-anticipated experience, for others — dread begins to set in as the joy of teaching wanes.

Perhaps academic incivility has not impacted your enthusiasm for teaching, for others, maybe it has. In either case, creating a safe, civil, engaged teaching-learning environment is important for students and faculty alike. However, many faculty lack formal education and training on ways to prevent and address academic incivility. This is not something we grasp without instruction and practice…

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