Social Mapping in Nursing Education- Steps and Implication


  • Silpa Chintham Apollo College of Nursing, Chittoor, India
  • Sirshendu Chaudhuri Indian Institute of Public Health, Hyderabad, India
  • Jayanthi Tarugu Apollo College of Nursing, Chittoor, India
  • Kiranmayi Koni Apollo College of Nursing, Chittoor, India



Community-Based Participatory Research, India, Nursing Education, Social mapping


Background: Social mapping, though an old approach in public health education and research, not practiced much in nursing education. This study was conducted to describe the social mapping process in a semi-urban area in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh in India and to describe the implications of such social mapping from the students' perspective.

Methods: This participatory rural appraisal was conducted for the Bachelor of Nursing Students in a semi-urban settlement in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. The social mapping process was conducted in three broad steps- classroom-based teaching of social mapping, conducting social mapping in the community and a debriefing session with the students. The major outcome of this educational activity was the social map. In addition, we also came up with the students’ implications through group discussion.

Results: A facility map was constructed by the community members which was replicated by the teachers. The map was triangulated by the teachers through a transect walk in that area. The students came out with various academic, clinical, and administrative implications from this educational session.

Conclusion: Social mapping can be used as a potential tool in nursing education. More evidence is required on this learning approach before recommending it in the Community Nursing curriculum.


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Chintham S, Chaudhuri S, Tarugu J, Koni K. Social Mapping in Nursing Education- Steps and Implication. Natl J Community Med [Internet]. 2022 Sep. 30 [cited 2024 May 29];13(09):659-62. Available from:



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