Australian health professions student use of social media
MetadataShow full item record
Increased bandwidth, broadband network availability and improved functionality have enhanced the accessibility and attractiveness of social media. The use of the Internet by higher education students has markedly increased. Social media are already used widely across the health sector but little is currently known of the use of social media by health profession students in Australia. A cross-sectional study was undertaken to explore health profession students' use of social media and their media preferences for sourcing information. An electronic survey was made available to health profession students at ten participating universities across most Australian states and territories. Respondents were 637 first year students and 451 final year students. The results for first and final year health profession students indicate that online media is the preferred source of information with only 20% of students nominating traditional peer-reviewed journals as a preferred information source. In addition, the results indicate that Facebook® usage was high among all students while use of other types of social media such as Twitter® remains comparatively low. As health profession students engage regularly with social media, and this use is likely to grow rather than diminish, educational institutions are challenged to consider the use of social media as a validated platform for learning and teaching.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Comparison of breastfeeding knowledge and attitudes of selected adolescent males and females from rural and metropolitan secondary schoolsJuliff, Dianne Therese (2005)Research has indicated that adolescents hold both negative and positive attitudes and have common misconceptions about breastfeeding that appear to result from their limited knowledge and reduced exposure to breastfeeding. ...
Jackling, B.; De Lange, Paul; Phillips, J.; Sewell, J. (2012)Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to identify the underlying motivations of Australian and international students for studying accounting and entering the accounting profession. Design/methodology/approach – The ...
International placements increase the cultural sensitivity and competency of allied health students: a quantitative and qualitative studyNg, P.; Goddard, Trevor; Gribble, Nigel; Pickard, Christine (2012)Background and Purpose. Effective health care requires cultural sensitivity and cultural competency, which are vital aspects of a health professional’s background. The purpose of this study was to investigate if a difference ...