ERIC Number: EJ1126229
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Development of a Reality-Based Multimedia Case Study Teaching Method and Its Effect on Students' Planned Food Safety Behaviors
Alberts, Caitlin M.; Stevenson, Clinton D.
Journal of Food Science Education, v16 n1 p10-18 Jan 2017
There is opportunity to decrease the frequency of foodborne illnesses by improving food safety competencies and planned behaviors of college students before they begin careers in the food industry. The objectives of this study were to (1) develop a multimedia case study teaching method that provides real world context for food science education; and (2) evaluate the extent to which it improves the intentions of students to implement food safety management systems upon entering the workforce, as well its impact on knowledge gains and students' abilities to understand complex concepts. The target audience consisted of all participants in an upper-level undergraduate food safety management systems course (n = 17). A pretest and posttest survey research instrument was developed to measure knowledge gains and also students' food safety intentions using the framework of the Theory of Planned Behavior. Students experienced significant gains in knowledge, attitude, and intention after completion of the course (P < 0.05). One hundred percent of students agreed that the interactive videos aided in their understanding of food safety concepts. A paired t test suggested that both behavioral control beliefs and attitudes of students toward food safety management significantly increased (P < 0.5) after completion of the case study. These results suggest that integrating multimedia case studies into food science education may enhance food safety behaviors.
Descriptors: Food, Health Promotion, Safety, Competence, College Students, Food Standards, Food Service, Pretests Posttests, Student Surveys, Knowledge Level, Intention, Behavior Theories, Program Effectiveness, Video Technology, Teaching Methods, Student Attitudes, Case Studies, Multimedia Instruction, Integrated Learning Systems, Hygiene, Sanitation, Disease Control, Program Evaluation
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