A technique for enhancing learning about the professional practice of food microbiology and its preliminary evaluation

Dykes, Gary A. (2008) A technique for enhancing learning about the professional practice of food microbiology and its preliminary evaluation. British Food Journal, 110 10: 1047-1058. doi:10.1108/00070700810906651


Author Dykes, Gary A.
Title A technique for enhancing learning about the professional practice of food microbiology and its preliminary evaluation
Journal name British Food Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0007-070X
1758-4108
Publication date 2008-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1108/00070700810906651
Volume 110
Issue 10
Start page 1047
End page 1058
Total pages 12
Place of publication W Yorks, United Kingdom
Publisher Emerald
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to develop and preliminarily evaluate an exercise to enhance
student learning and engagement about the professional practice of food microbiology.
Design/methodology/approach – An exercise in the form of group problem-based investigations
framed from the perspective of different stakeholders, namely food producers, regulator, consumer or
mass media, was developed. Problems were designed to include some anomalies and errors that could
be exploited by the students. Students presented their findings, which were peer reviewed and
contributed to the summative assessment of the course. A preliminary investigation into the
effectiveness of the exercise in engaging students and achieving learning outcomes was conducted
using a questionnaire and responses to an examination question on the subject.
Findings – Results from the preliminary evaluation questionnaire indicated that students were
engaged by the exercise but some issues with group interactions were apparent. Students felt that they
learned from the exercise but did not necessarily like it due to interpersonal problems within their
groups. The learning outcomes were achieved with a number of students answering the examination
question and indicating a deeper understanding of the issues related to microbiological food safety.
Practical implications – The exercise described represents a way for integrating theory and
practice in food microbiology where direct immersion in a professional situation may not be possible.
Originality/value –
Enhanced student learning about professional practice of the type described
here could result in better “industry ready” graduates of the type required by employers.
Keyword Food safety
Microbiology
Best practice
Problem based learning
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published under Case Study.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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