International Journal of Nurse Practitioner Educators

Just five questions: A learner-centered activity for nurse practitioner students

Martha Driessnack, Anita Stineman, Daniel Crawford


Nursing educators continue to move toward implementing teaching strategies and approaches developed with and for adult learners an andragogy approach to learning versus the typical pedagogy. As a result, teacher-centered classrooms, in which the student is seen as an empty vessel and passive recipient of information, are disappearing. Instead, today’s classrooms, whether they are onsite, virtual, synchronous or asynchronous, are increasingly learner-centered. In these classrooms, students are transformed from passive recipients of knowledge to active participants in the learning process. In this paper, we focus on the development of one such learner-centered activity developed for pediatric and family nurse practitioner students. The activity is called ‘Just five questions’.  In the following paragraphs, we share its origins, implementation, and evaluation.


Nurse practitioner education; curriculum; evaluation; pediatrics

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