Class in a bag: a collaborative innovation in dementia education

Winifred McGarry, Wendy Wright, Caroline MacCallum, Margaret Brown, Karen Ross, Louise Ritchie, Bryan Mitchell, Lindsay-Ann Coyle, Debbie Tolson

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Understanding Dementia: Class in a Bag is a simple concept with a big impact. Like many innovations, Class in a Bag appears to be straightforward. It is a bag containing the things that student nurses need to take into schools to deliver dementia education to children. The content is designed to provide experience-based learning that changes the way children think, feel and do about dementia. It is also a resource designed to inspire and enable professional learning with and for student nurses. Underpinned by Care Empathia Pedagogy, Class in Bag supports a compassionate, age-appropriate approach to dementia education. We were quietly very pleased with our creation, so much so that when encouraged to apply for CATE we had a go, and then another go!
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe CATE Collection
Subtitle of host publicationTogether in Collaborative Educational Leadership
EditorsDebbie Tolson, Nicola Watchman Smith, Dawne Irving-Bell, Miles Weaver
Place of PublicationYork
PublisherAdvance Higher Education
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9781916359369
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2021


  • dementia
  • collaboration
  • schoolchildren
  • impact
  • citizenship
  • nurse education


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