Tips from BESD: The verdict is in: Mock trials are guilty of teaching learners

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, June 25, 2010

Mock trials are similar to debates since learners must review literature, gather evidence, and build a case for a particular viewpoint. They allow learners to become more engaged than in a typical debate, and they provide some fun and entertainment as part of the learning process. 

Beth A. Staffileno, PhD, FAHA, assistant professor at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, helped to design and implement a mock trial at the Rush North Shore Medical Center, a member of Illinois-based North Shore University Health System. The 200-bed community hospital had recently implemented shared governance, and its nursing leaders identified a need for education regarding evidence-based practice (EBP) and research. Serving as a research consultant, Staffileno worked with the EBP and research councils and with the staff development department to design the mock trial.

Editor's note: This excerpt was adapted from the July 2010 issue of Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development. Discover all the benefits of subscribing to Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development.

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