ERIC Number: ED437354
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
The Focus Group as an Effective Tool in College Health Education Evaluation.
Fuller, Heidi A.
In order to evaluate a required health and wellness course at Salem State College, the researcher conducted a triangulation study using a student questionnaire, an instructor survey, and student focus group interviews. The two single session focus group interviews were held during students' last week of the course. One student from each of 21 sections of the course was randomly selected and encouraged to participate in one of the two interviews. This resulted in a sample of seven and eight students, respectively, for each session. Students completed a pre-interview survey, had a snack, then participated in the 2-hour interview. Results indicated that focus group interviews added an important dimension to the quantitative results of the study and provided insight into the student learning experience and course benefits; specifically, the need for current health information, the benefits of instruction on stress management, and appreciation for active learning opportunities. Results of this study support the focus group interview as an effective tool in the comparative evaluation of a college health education course. (Contains 12 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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