Literature Review: 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 specific 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 briefly explored, as will the work of Vygotsky (1978), as applies to the social 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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