ERIC Number: EJ1035325
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Reference Count: 12
Eating up Experiments: Teaching Research Methods with Classroom Simulation and "Food Detectives"
Gray, Jennifer B.
Communication Teacher, v28 n4 p203-207 2014
The subject of research methods is often unknown, foreboding, and unappealing to undergraduate communication majors. Thus, in the research methods course, two ways to overcome such issues and achieve learning are by: (1) making the unfamiliar more familiar and accessible; and (2) placing abstract knowledge in its useful real-world context. Making topics in the beginning research methods course accessible, less intimidating, and most of all memorable and enjoyable is imperative. The activity described in this article attempts to make research methods, specifically research design, an appealing and relatable set of concepts through an in-class activity surrounding experiments. The activity involves: (1) simulating an experiment in class to bridge abstract knowledge in the classroom to the more realistic application of knowledge through experiencing an experiment firsthand; and (2) viewing and discussing an excerpt of the Food Network/Cooking Channel series "Food Detectives" to illustrate and apply basic conceptual aspects of experiments through the familiar medium of television. This single-class activity is a memorable, engaging way to learn key concepts and skills for this extremely useful research design strategy.
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Methods Courses, Learning Activities, Research Design, Concept Formation, Experiments, Simulation, Knowledge Level, Experiential Learning, Television Viewing, Food, Teaching Methods, Hypothesis Testing, Video Technology, Communication Research, Undergraduate Study
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