ERIC Number: EJ855361
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Learning about Foodborne Pathogens: Evaluation of Student Perceptions of Group Project Work in a Food Microbiology Course
Turner, Mark S.
Journal of Food Science Education, v8 n4 p81-87 Oct 2009
This study examined the experiences of students in an active learning group work exercise in an introductory food microbiology course involving the study of foodborne pathogens. Small groups were required to access, analyze, and present information regarding a single food poisoning bacterium. The presentations contained features and epidemiological information of the pathogen and also a review of a research journal article and a real food poisoning outbreak report involving the pathogen. Analysis of responses from a questionnaire that allowed direct comparisons to be made with other published group work studies revealed that this exercise was a positive learning experience. In particular, students noted improvements in communication, interaction, information acquisition, and organizational skills.
Descriptors: Food, Microbiology, Foods Instruction, Science Instruction, Introductory Courses, Poisoning, Student Attitudes, Group Activities, Student Projects, Active Learning, Learning Experience, Questionnaires
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