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ERIC Number: EJ996333
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1082-1651
Utilizing On-Campus Foodservice Facilities as a Laboratory
Dallmeyer, Martha A.
Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, v104 n2 p50-51 2012
In 2008, the Family and Consumer Sciences Department at Bradley University recognized the need to improve the quality of the laboratory experience in foodservice classes. A hands-on, real-world, learning experience was desired. Simultaneously, the university administration wanted to provide an on-campus foodservice for students from 8:00 p.m. to midnight on weekends. No funds were available to support either initiative. Two foodservice courses were taught at the university: Food Service Systems and Management of Foodservices. These courses were modified to include an active laboratory that met from 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., 3 nights per week--Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. A foodservice facility in one dormitory had been vacated several years earlier and was identified as a possible site. In cooperation with the on-campus foodservice, the closed cafeteria was renovated and cleaned to meet current codes. Although the lab ran for 8 hours, food was served only from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. The extra lab time allowed for instruction, opening and closing activities, and the application of classroom objectives into real-world experiences in an operation. The Department benefited because the students obtained consistent, quality foodservice laboratory experiences and the laboratory was financially self-sufficient. Students from the foodservice classes reported that during their job interviews they received positive feedback when they shared their learning experiences. Overall, these students felt that the late-night laboratory experiences improved their employability. (Contains 2 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois