ERIC Number: EJ849602
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
Using Academic Journals to Help Students Learn Subject Matter Content, Develop and Practice Critical Reasoning Skills, and Reflect on Personal Values in Food Science and Human Nutrition Classes
Iwaoka, Wayne T.; Crosetti, Lea M.
Journal of Food Science Education, v7 n2 p19-29 Mar 2008
It has been reported that students learn best when they use a wide variety of techniques to understand the information of the discipline, be it visual, auditory, discussion with others, metacognition, hands-on activities, or writing about the subject. We report in this article the use of academic journals not only as an aid for students to learn about content knowledge needed in an Experimental Foods course, but also as a way to have students think about and reflect on their own personal values. The topics of these journal entries cover several of the core competencies in the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Undergraduate Education Standards for Degrees in Food Science. These are basic principles of food science, as well as address several "Success Skills" (written communication, critical thinking, professionalism, life-long learning, interaction skills, and organizational skills). While there are no quantitative "measurements" of gains in learning, comments from the students indicate that learning took place, critical reasoning occurred, and personal values were analyzed. A guideline for writing and grading academic journals and a simple rubric for scoring the quality of the writing are included.
Descriptors: Foods Instruction, Undergraduate Study, Metacognition, Values, Reflection, Academic Standards, Instructional Effectiveness, Nutrition Instruction, Health Education, Science Education, Journal Writing, Student Journals, Grading, Scoring Rubrics, Guidelines, College Instruction
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