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Perspectives in Social Media” has been to apply social constructivist theory. A relatively new approach to learning, this theory has been adopted in education for the last part of a decade1 Lev Vygotsky was a Russian psychologist who was prime during the postrevolutionary Soviet period, and is seen as the ‘father’ of this type of learning theory. This approach to learning proposes that learning cannot be separated from the social construct in which we find the learner embedded. Linkages between social learning environments and social educational determinants are key to this approach. For my particular topic I can see that within a Western (developed nation) context, my findings will be influenced by the setting of the Australian healthcare system and the initiatives in place (medicare, local hospital networks etc) along with the level of health care provided. I have made some linkages between social constructivism and consumer reporting in healthcare as follows; - health literacy across regional, remote and urban settings may influence healthcare service/consumer reporting - an ageing population within the Australian context may influence the use of social media to report - cultural diversity and English as a second language will play a role in reporting of narrative - social health determinants (particularly in relation to Indigenous populations) will also determine levels of social media access and reporting. Hence, along with my own learning methodology, I will be taking into account the consumers health lit learning, their information communication technology (ICT) experience and accessibility, and what role the consumer representative and advocacy movement plays in the reporting of data and health care stories via social media. Braungart & Braungart have a chapter available which addresses applied learning theory to healthcare. Within this chapter a number of key features of health literacy are addressed, and reading through this chapter I can begin to see that there may be larger role for the consumer health advocate that Australia currently grants. One of the larger consumer advocate networks in the Consumer Health Forum3 and they are currently undertaking a project whereby consumer narrative is codified and reported on. Along with the data submission, they are looking at a social media space in which to share both the narrative findings and the numerical findings (qualitative and quantitative data). I have made contact with this organisation, and will be looking further into their impact in the social media space from a consumers perspective.
org/school/newsflash/402 accessed 22/7/2013 2. Nurse as educator: Principles of teaching and learning for nursing practice (pp.org. http://www. M. http://www.au/ .aisr. Boston.aisr.chf. Braungart. (2012). MA: Jones and Barlett.. C.M. Drew. & Braungart. Insights into Social Constructivist Theory. In S. Bastable (Ed. 43-71). R. (2003) Chapter 3: Applying learning theories to healthcare practice.B.org/school/newsflash/402 3.G. Consumer Health Forum (Australia) https://www.).1.