Open dialogue and co-production: promoting a dialogical practice culture in the co-production of teaching and learning within nurse education
The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice
Article publication date: 3 August 2021
Issue publication date: 31 August 2021
The evidence base associated with Open dialogue (OD) continues to develop. However, much of the literature associated with this “whole system philosophy” is focussed within therapeutic clinical practice. The purpose of this paper is to explore another key aspect of OD within a higher education context, the creation of “dialogical practice culture” and the application of key OD principles to enable an open, empowering ethos which permeates all aspects of teaching and learning and supports co-production.
The authors use a collective auto ethnographic approach to reflect on their experiences of developing and delivering a series of co-produced seminars within pre-registration mental health nurse education over a period of 4 years. This paper explores the data produced through this process focussing on the pedagogical impact and challenges of applying OD principles to teaching and learning practice.
The paper highlights the way in which two core principles of OD, resonate with the co-production process within teaching design and delivery. Moreover, the paper illustrates the impact that threading these principles throughout teaching practice can have: enhancing the learning environment and facilitating mutual empowerment, and thus supporting the students’ development of empowering therapeutic practice with service users. A significant theme in these reflections has been the nature of empowerment and the necessity to openly address power differentials and relationships.
This innovative paper is the first to explore the application of OD principles within a nurse education context; considering how they support co-production and enable an empowering culture. This exploration helps to provide a foundation for further inquiry and research.
Pearson, M., Sunderland, L. and Hendy, C. (2021), "Open dialogue and co-production: promoting a dialogical practice culture in the co-production of teaching and learning within nurse education", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 16 No. 5, pp. 364-372. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMHTEP-08-2020-0058
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