Community Learning Cultures Inside Social Media: A Natural Environment to Nurture an Understanding of the Culture Care Theory and Application of the Sunrise Enabler
Carol S. Reece, DNP, APN, PNP
Sandra J. Mixer, PhD, RN, CTN-A

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Reece, C.S., & Mixer, S.J. (2014). Community learning cultures inside social media: A natural environment to nurture an understanding of the culture care theory and application of the sunrise enabler. Online Journal of Cultural Competence in Nursing and Healthcare, 4(1), 38. doi:10.9730/

Abstract: The central dynamic of learning is the experience of culture that occurs in a learning community. A virtual learning community using Facebook® to support nursing student understanding of the Culture Care Theory (CCT) and application of the Sunrise Enabler is presented. The learning community culture consisted of a Transcultural Nursing Expert (CTN-A), a Group Facilitator (GF), and randomly-assigned student groups. Students self-selected from ethnonursing research studies containing clear integration of ethnonursing methods. The GF nurtured relationships; while the quality of learning was influenced by CTN-A. Learning outcomes were successful and student evaluations were positive. Constructs intrinsic to Social Learning Theory and Community of Learning Model provided the basis to build the community learning culture. Concluding, virtual learning communities housed in social media provide exceptional opportunities to nurture and guide student inquiry.

Keywords: Virtual Learning Communities; Community of Learning Model; Culture Care Theory, Sunrise Enabler

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