Julia Brennan

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My qualifications

BA (Hons), English and Related Literature
The University of York
MA, European Languages and Culture
The University of Manchester
BSc, Open Degree
The Open University

My publications


Gallagher, A., Brennan, J. and Loughlin, C. (2018). 'The ethics of “Nudge” in professional education', Journal of Nursing Ethics, vol. 25, no. 7, pp. 821–822).
Costello, B., Brennan, J., Loughlin, C. and Gallagher, A. (2020). 'Learner Engagement on a Blended Ethics Education Programme: Perspectives of Students and Teachers', in Enhancing Student-Centred Teaching in Higher Education: The Landscape of Student–Staff Research Partnerships, Cham, Palgrave Macmillan, pp.217–234.
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This chapter considers findings from a research project that explored the meaning and implications of ‘engagement’, and the strategies used to promote engagement, in a blended ethics education module. The module, for students of nursing, midwifery, paramedic and operating department practice, comprises face-to-face teaching and an online component containing video and written resources and activities. This was a small-scale qualitative study whereby the student researcher collected data from staff following a student–staff liaison meeting and a focus group with seven students. Three main themes emerged as key to engaging students in a blended approach: good communication between staff and students, articulating the roles of student and teacher in a consumer climate, and developing social and emotional connections between students, and between staff and students.