In this episode, Ben and Michael speak to Shane Pritchard about using the concept of a ‘grand narrative’ to structure a simulation programme at scale, across multiple disciplines, in schools of health and social care. We’re all familiar with simulation-based activities within, and maybe even across, disciplinary programmes. But what would it take to build a simulation programme across an entire school?
In this conversation, we discuss the concept of a grand narrative as a framework to structure a simulation programme at scale. We talk about the idea of an overarching storyline that contains the schemas and ‘little stories’ that curriculum developers can use to build internally consistent and coherent simulation activities over time. And we cover some of the challenges with implementing a simulation programme across an entire school, as well as whether the benefits achieved are worth the cost.
If you’re interested in simulation-based education, check out an earlier episode with Shane on critical perspectives on simulation, recorded for the 2022 In Beta unconference.
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- Health Education and Training Institute. (2015). The Sim guide: Allied health scenarios, templates and tips for simulation based education. Health Education & Training Institute (HETI).
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Shane Pritchard is a physiotherapist, educator and researcher based in Melbourne, Australia. Shane’s expertise in simulation-based education is based on his PhD research that investigated innovative simulation-based education approaches for physiotherapy students. He currently serves as Network Lead of the Pedagogical Effectiveness research network of the Monash Centre for Scholarship in Health Education.