Social networking for nurse education: Possibilities, perils and pitfalls

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Contemporary Nurse, 2014, 47 (1-2), pp. 180 - 189
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In this paper, we consider the potential and implications of using social networking sites such as Facebook® in nurse education. The concept of social networking and the use of Facebook will be explored, as will the theoretical constructs specifi c to the use of online technology and Web 2.0 tools. Theories around Communities of Inquiry (Garrison, Anderson, & Archer, 2000), Communities of Practice (Wenger, 1998), Activity Theory (Daniels, Cole, & Wertsch, 2007) and Actor-Network theory (Latour, 1997) will be briefl y explored, as will the work of Vygotsky (1978), as applies to thesocial aspects of learning. Boundary issues, such as if and how faculty and students should or could be connected via social networking sites will also be explored.
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