Undergraduate public health students and perceptions of qualitative research: A trajectory of understanding from airy fairy to a valuable tool

McCosker, Laura K. & Sendall, Marguerite C. (2015) Undergraduate public health students and perceptions of qualitative research: A trajectory of understanding from airy fairy to a valuable tool. Learning and Teaching, 8(1), pp. 19-35.

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Abstract

Many undergraduate public health students enter introductory qualitative research units with limited or negative perceptions of qualitative research, potentially compromising learning outcomes. Unit teaching, structure and assessment provide opportunities for students to develop positive perceptions of qualitative research. Through a mixed-methods study of undergraduate public health students enrolled in a qualitative research unit, we establish students’ perceptions of qualitative research at the commencement and conclusion of the unit, and determine the critical teaching and learning events which contributed to positive changes in students’ perceptions. This study demonstrates that the structuring of an introductory qualitative research unit around varied opportunities for experiential learning provides a positive introductory learning experience and enables undergraduate public health students to recognise the real-world uses and value of qualitative research.

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ID Code: 86038
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: higher education, public health, qualitative, teaching and learning, undergraduate
ISSN: 2201-0645
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 James Nicholas Publishers, Pty. Ltd.
Deposited On: 27 Jul 2015 22:15
Last Modified: 19 May 2016 22:03

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