Our purpose is to promote, foster and conduct educational research, in particular, nursing education research in order to enhance the teaching and learning process. Since problem-based, self-directed and small group learning are the educational approaches implemented within the School of Nursing, research into these teaching and learning processes and their subsequent impact on practice is a particular focus of NERU. The research findings have been used to inform the BScN curriculum, and they have been shared locally, nationally and internationally through the publication of peer-reviewed papers and numerous presentations.
History - The Nursing Education Research Unit (NERU) began in January 1995. NERU is part of the McMaster University School of Nursing, is funded through the School of Nursing and functions in collaboration with the Programme for Educational Research & Development (PERD).
NERU comprises a Director, Charlotte Noesgaard a half-time support staff, Betty McCarthy, and approximately 70 affiliated researchers.
Values - The Nursing Education Research Unit (NERU) fosters and promotes the following values:
- Intellectual Curiosity
- Critical Inquiry
Vision - Our vision, for the Nursing Education Research Unit (NERU), is to be recognized locally, nationally, and internationally for excellence in educational research, which focuses on teaching-learning methods within a student-centered problem based curriculum.
Goal - Our goal is to be leaders in educational research, in particular, nursing education research.
Our Partners - NERU is fortunate to have as its' membership an assortment of talented educators and researchers from the institutions listed below. Members from our partner sites work together collaboratively on research projects, drawing on their strengths and diversity to enhance the teaching and learning process.