Impact of a learning circle intervention across academic and service contexts on developing a learning culture

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Title Impact of a learning circle intervention across academic and service contexts on developing a learning culture
Author Walker, Rachel Michell; Henderson, Amanda Jane; Cooke, Marie Louise; Creedy, Debra
Journal Name Nurse Education Today
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract Partnerships between university schools of nursing and health services lead to successful learning experiences for students and staff. A purposive sample of academics and students from a university school of nursing and clinicians from three health institutions involved in clinical learning (n = 73) actively participated in a learning circles intervention conducted over 5 months in south east Queensland. Learning circle discussions resulted in enhanced communication and shared understanding regarding: (1) staff attitudes towards students, expectations and student assessment; (2) strategies enhancing preparation of students, mechanisms for greater support of and recognition of clinicians; (3) challenges faced by staff in the complex processes of leadership in clinical nursing education; (4) construction of learning, ideas for improving communication, networking and sharing; and (5) questioning routine practices that may not enhance student learning. Pre–post surveys of hospital staff (n = 310) revealed significant differences across three sub-scales of ‘accomplishment’ (t = −3.98, p < .001), ‘recognition’ (t = −2.22, p < .027) and ‘influence’ (t = −11.82, p < .001) but not ‘affiliation’. Learning circles can positively enhance organisational learning culture. The intervention enabled participants to recognise mutual goals. Further investigation around staff perception of their influence on their workplace is required.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI
Volume 31
Issue Number 4
Page from 378
Page to 382
ISSN 0260-6917
Date Accessioned 2010-12-15
Date Available 2013-05-29T04:19:07Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Centre for Health Practice Innovation; Griffith Health Institute
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Nursing
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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