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Competency Two
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Facilitate Learner Development and Socialization

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Competency 2 – Facilitate Learner Development and SocializationNurse educators recognize their responsibility for helping students develop as nurses andintegrate the values and behaviors expected of those who fulfill that role. To facilitate learnerdevelopment and socialization effectively, the nurse educator:
·         Identifies individual learning styles and unique learning needs of international, adult,multicultural, educationally disadvantaged, physically challenged, at-risk, and seconddegree learners          
   ·         Recognizes the influence of teaching styles and interpersonal interactions on learner outcomes In meeting the above criteria, I utilized the class reflection statements from the students to adjust my teaching style so that it more matched their learning styles.  The stress of testing was felt to surface frequently and alternate testing methods were offered.  The students responded well to an occasional open book test.  They commented that they “processed more of the material with the open book tests because I read more and retain more.  I am less stressed”.  Their scores did improve with both “open book” and “testing center” methods of testing.  Because the anxiety level somewhat decreased, it assisted several of the students in being more receptive to lecture.Further, research was conducted over the past 4 semesters on the learning preferences of the students. This research showed that the students perceived their learning as more enhanced when they “see it first and then do it”.  This was primarily reflective of their clinical experiences.  This research was presented at the Conference on Higher Education in Washington, D.C. June 2010.

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Student Researcher with whom I co-researched student learning styles.  Here we presented at the Conference on Higher Education in Washinton D.C. June, 2010

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According to the research Student Involvement in Curriculum: What are the benefits? which the student and I conducted, the preferred learning style of the students is to "see it done, then do it"