Preceptor Preparation Online Course - Advanced

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Essential Competencies of Preceptors: A Focus on Working with APRN Students

Module 3: Clinical Teaching Strategies

Teaching Style

Just as students have different learning styles, preceptors have different teaching styles that are classified as either teacher-centered or student-centered approaches.

Hover over the different learning styles for pros and cons of each approach


Teaching Style

(Hover over example for pros and cons of each teaching style)


Formal Authority

Teacher responsible for providing and controlling flow of content. The student is expected to receive the content.

Demonstrator Model

Teacher acts as a role model by demonstrating skills and then acting as a coach to students trying to learn and apply the skills



Teacher places emphasis on the student to take initiative for learning and designs activities where the student learns and uses content through problem-solving.


Teacher places control and responsibility with learner, allowing student to design learning activities while the teacher fills a consultant role.

Adapted from University of South Carolina's Center for Teaching Excellence

It is important to note that one teaching style is not superior to another. Teaching styles vary based on student learning styles and needs, content, context, and setting. Preceptors should tailor their teaching style to best fit the student and situation.


The Teaching Styles/Learning Styles by the Mountain Area Health Education Center Office of Regional Primary Care Education is a seminal reference providing useful information on understanding and assessing various teaching and learning styles within healthcare education.

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