About Dr Airdre Grant
Dr Airdre Grant BA (VUW) Dip Ed (STC) MEd (UTS) PhD (SCU)
Airdre is an academic in the Centre for Teaching and Learning at Southern Cross University (SCU), Australia. Her current work as a lecturer in teaching and learning is as an academic developer, working with issues related to quality teaching and learning in higher education. She works with the Schools of Education and Health and Human Science at SCU, with a focus on the incorporation of new technologies into teaching practice, improvement in the areas of course reviews, assessment strategies and related pedagogical issues.
The focus of her doctoral study was an investigation into the role of spirituality as a key component of education in holistic medicine and in particular whether education practice reflected professional philosophical underpinnings. Her research interests are focussed on authenticity in education, and the intersection between theoretical underpinnings and academic practice. This is driven by an interest in the anchoring of educational innovation with authentic pedagogy and relevance. At present her work explores the integration of educational technology, connectivism and communities of practice.
She has built on her thesis research and this is reflected in her work as a contributing editor to the US textbook, Foundations of Natural Medicine (Bastyr University), where she has written about education in natural medicine, the need for congruence between professional philosophy and educational practices. Currently Airdre serves on the board of the Australian Register of Naturopaths and Herbalists (ARONAH), which is establishing independent uniform national standards in training and practice for naturopaths and western herbal medicine practitioners in Australia.
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Journal articles (11)
The academic skill needs and competency of first year health science students: views of educators Journal of Academic Language & Learning (2016)
Evidence identifies that many students commence university with academic skill deficits. With a focus on educator expectations, this research investigated perceptions about the academic skills commonly required for a multidisciplinary cohort of first year health ...
From herb garden to wiki: responding to change in naturopathic education through scholarly reflection Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2012)
The study of naturopathy in Australia has undergone a number of significant changes that have impacted dramatically on scholarly and academic practice. Naturopathic education has shifted from apprenticeship style with a charismatic teacher, to several ...
Incorporating spirituality into the work of the holistic practitioner Journal of the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (2012)
This paper looks at spirituality and health and the challenge to incorporate spirituality into the holistic model of practice. The holistic approach to health and healing is represented by an integrated balance of mind, body ...
Spirituality, health and the complementary medicine practitioner Journal of the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (2007)
This paper examines the conceptual relationship between spirituality and health and the philosophical foundations of complementary medicine. These precepts are evidenced in current educational practice.
Evidence-based medicine and naturopathy Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2006)
Evidence-based medicine (EBM) has been advocated as a new paradigm in orthodox medicine and as a methodology for natural medicines, which are often accused of lacking an adequate scientific basis. This paper presents the voices ...
Complementary medicine and evidence-based practice: power and control in healthcare - Questions about an arranged marriage Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine (2005)
Healthcare is changing as evidence-based medicine (EBM) is incorporated into education and practice. This article considers the hierarchy of evidence, the validation of evidence for decision making and the extent to which this includes aspects ...
Education in natural medicine: what's love got to do with it? Integrative Medicine: A Clinician's Journal (2005)
This paper raises the question of how complementary medicine curriculum designers can balance pressure to conform to the constructs of biomedicine and externally-imposed pragmatic models, and yet retain philosophical authenticity and integrity. The author explores ...
Practising complementary medicine in context: Spirituality, culture and healing practice Integrative Medicine: A Clinician's Journal (2004)
In the Western world, we live in a culture heavily influenced by the pursuit of happiness. We raise children with fairy tales that conclude “…and they lived happily ever after” and we are bombarded daily ...
Spirituality and natural medicine education: an investigation into the philosophy and pedagogy of education in natural medicine Centre for Teaching and Learning (2011)
This study reports on doctoral research into the importance attached to spirituality within the culture and curriculum of a select group of naturopathy training programs in Australia. There is an understanding that spirituality is foundational ...
Book chapters (1)
Looking for the water from a deeper well: an investigation into spirituality and natural medicine education PhD thesis, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW (2010)
This investigation addresses the importance attached to spirituality within the culture and curriculum of a select group of naturopathy training programs in Australia. The investigation is premised on a view that spirituality is foundational to ...