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ERIC Number: EJ813690
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0010-8146
Story: The Heartbeat of Learning Cancer Education for Alaska Native Community Healthcare Providers
Cueva, Melany; Kuhnley, Regina; Lanier, Anne P.; Dignan, Mark
Convergence, v39 n4 p81-89 2006
Community Health Aides and Community Health Practitioners (CHA/Ps), the primary providers of healthcare in rural Alaska, share the importance of story as a culturally respectful way for creating meaning and broadening understanding. Story is woven into the fabric of cancer education courses for CHA/Ps. Between May 2004 and April 2007, 13 week-long cancer education courses were provided for CHA/Ps. In response to the written, end-of-course, evaluation question, "Do stories help you to learn? If yes, how?" Ninety-six percent (96%) of respondents (99/103) described ways that story supported their learning. Additionally, in May 2005, 293 (65%) of the 454 CHA/Ps responded in writing to a mailed cancer education survey. Of the survey respondents, 240 (86%) were women and 239 (86%) were Alaska Native people. Nearly all, 98% (224/229) of Alaska Native people and 93% (37/40) of non-Native people identified story as helping them learn. CHA/Ps, on both the cancer education course evaluations and the CHA/P written survey, identified story as a pathway for connecting people, facilitating understanding, enhancing remembering, engendering creativity, expanding perspective, envisioning the future and inspiring possibility. Through stories we share our feelings, heal wounds, deepen understanding, strengthen community and discover hope.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alaska