ERIC Number: EJ1088114
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Development and Evaluation of a Doctoral-Level Public Health Pedagogy Course for Graduate Student Instructors
Lederer, Alyssa M.; Sherwood-Laughlin, Catherine M.; Kearns, Katherine D.; O'Loughlin, Valerie D.
College Teaching, v64 n1 p19-27 2016
This article describes the development, implementation, and systematic evaluation of a public health pedagogy course for first-time graduate student instructors in a Health Behavior doctoral program at a Midwestern School of Public Health. The pedagogy course focused on intensive pedagogical training in the first 8 weeks of a 16-week semester and then served as a forum for reflection and feedback during the second 8 weeks, when the enrolled graduate students served as either instructors of record or graduate teaching assistants for introductory health courses. Course participants (N = 7) completed anonymous pre-, mid- and post-course online surveys that assessed general teaching skills, discipline-specific teaching skills, and desire to pursue scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) activities. Participants' teaching self-efficacy increased for almost all survey items throughout the semester, particularly related to the instruction of health courses. Participants reported positive perceptions of the course and described it as essential for their teaching practice. This research study contributes to and expands upon the interdisciplinary study of the benefits of graduate level pedagogy courses and offers the first known assessment of a pedagogy course in the public health discipline.
Descriptors: Public Health, Instruction, Graduate Study, Doctoral Programs, Reflective Teaching, Feedback (Response), Instructional Effectiveness, Research Methodology, Scholarship, Teaching Methods, Graduate Students, Effect Size, Graduate School Faculty, Higher Education, Evaluation Methods, Teaching Skills, Student Surveys, Statistical Analysis, Likert Scales
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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