ERIC Number: EJ1065771
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Development and Evaluation of a Multi-Institutional Case Studies-Based Course in Food Safety
Pleitner, Aaron M.; Chapin, Travis K.; Hammons, Susan R.; Stelten, Anna Van; Nightingale, Kendra K.; Wiedmann, Martin; Johnston, Lynette M.; Oliver, Haley F.
Journal of Food Science Education, v14 n3 p76-85 Jul 2015
Developing novel, engaging courses in food safety is necessary to train professionals in this discipline. Courses that are interactive and case-based encourage development of critical thinking skills necessary for identifying and preventing foodborne disease outbreaks. The purpose of this study was to assess the efficacy of a case study module-based course for upper division undergraduate and graduate students interested in food safety. Four independent case study modules were developed and implemented by 4 universities working in tandem over a semester course. All case studies incorporated molecular and epidemiological methods employed by professionals in food safety in outbreak investigations. Each case study was based on a (i) suspect foodborne pathogen, (ii) identification tools including biochemical test variations and pulsed field gel electrophoresis, multiplex PCR and/or whole genome sequencing, and (iii) suspect location and company type from farm to production site to restaurant. Pre- and postinstruction evaluations revealed significant increases in understanding of the concepts introduced through each module as demonstrated by overall mean normalized gain of 0.32 ± 0.35 (15% ± 19%; n = 60). Institution, role of instructor, prescore, and learning environment all played a significant role in the effects of overall learning. This study provides a successful model for a case study-based course in food safety. The guidelines and materials developed by our group are available for use by other institutions.
Descriptors: Food, Safety, Food Standards, Critical Thinking, Health Promotion, Case Studies, Undergraduate Study, Graduate Study, Epidemiology, Biology, Biochemistry, Agriculture, Dining Facilities, Pretests Posttests, Concept Formation, Comprehension, Educational Environment, Scores, Teacher Role, Institutional Characteristics, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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