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ERIC Number: EJ837160
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0270-1960
Promoting Active Engagement in Health Research: Lessons from an Undergraduate Gerontology Capstone Course
Robbins, Emily J.; Kinney, Jennifer M.; Kart, Cary S.
Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, v29 n2 p105-123 Jul 2008
With National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Aging (NIH/NIA) (R15/AREA) funding, the authors offered a four-credit hour undergraduate research course that was cross-listed in gerontology and sociology. This capstone course was aimed at providing students with the opportunity to (1) gain knowledge about diabetes and racial/ethnic disparities in the management of the illness and (2) develop expertise in secondary data analysis, using the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data set. Each student designed and conducted her or his own research project and, working in teams, created a team poster and presentation. The authors examine student pretest/posttest questionnaire data, rubric-based assessment of students' work, and mid- and end-of-the-semester student evaluations to highlight three distinct aspects of the course: (1) skills acquired by students, (2) students' evaluation of the course, and (3) successes and challenges of implementing the course. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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