ERIC Number: EJ1176221
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Research Study on an Applied Interdisciplinary Product Development Course for College Sophomores
Condrasky, Margaret D.; Weeks McCay, Alexa; Darby, Duncan; Sharp, Julia L.; Griffin, Sarah F.
Journal of Food Science Education, v17 n2 p66-71 Apr 2018
This research compares the industry readiness, product development skill level, and overall knowledge gains of students taking an undergraduate research course (treatment) to those who did not (control). This 2-semester Applied Interdisciplinary Product Development (AIPD) course for sophomores brought together interdisciplinary teams of food science, nutrition, and packaging science students in a hands-on setting to create healthy food products for children, complete with retail packaging. A Subject Knowledge Assessment (SKA) was used to evaluate the mean percent difference value (MPDV) of food science, nutrition, packaging science, and general product development knowledge gained through the course. SKA results indicated that the MPDV were significantly different (a = 0.05) between the treatment and comparison groups in the overall score and in every subject area score except packaging science. Data from an Exit Questionnaire (EQ) was used for evaluation of attitudes pertaining to product development knowledge and skills, department engagement, and pedagogy. EQ results indicated that mean scores between the treatment and comparison groups were significantly different (a = 0.05) in 7 of the 9 statements on product development knowledge and skills, both statements pertaining to pedagogy, and the statement pertaining to department engagement. Overall, the research project was considered a successful intervention for educating sophomores at the University. Overall, the research project was considered a successful intervention for educating sophomores in the Food, Nutrition and Packaging Science department at Clemson University. The student-lead teams were held to a greater degree of accountability for their success in terms of education gleaned and value of experience gained as metric for the University and other IFT Accredited programs.
Descriptors: Industry, Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Program Effectiveness, Control Groups, Experimental Groups, Comparative Analysis, Interdisciplinary Approach, Foods Instruction, Nutrition, Manufacturing, Experiential Learning, Food, Knowledge Level, Skill Development, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes, Teamwork
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Sponsor: US Department of Agriculture
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