Communities develop in many contexts: a circle of friends, a group of coworkers, a class full of students, and a series of Web profiles linked together by virtual friendship are just a few. By connecting with students in the context of their unique environments, educators find their teachings have a greater impact. But what are the key elements for culturally responsive community-based learning? The following case studies examine this concept and its relation to students’ learning outcomes. These instances support and/or create best practices in culturally responsive community-based learning for the University of Saskatchewan College of Nursing in Canada. Here, research shows that participating in community-building activities informs and improves curriculum design, development, and implementation.

The case studies provide a description of strategies, themes, and initiatives that create and support promising practices in culturally responsive education, particularly regarding the promotion of nursing as a potential career. The desired learning outcomes of the culturally responsive community-based interventions includes enhanced cultural and contextual mediated strategies with a community of learners; an assessment of the knowledge, skills, attitudes, or beliefs essential to learning; the incorporation of cultural variations in learning into curriculum and learning strategies; and developing the capacity of communities of learners to plan and manage their own learning.

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