Including a service learning educational research project in a biology course-I: Assessing community awareness of childhood lead poisoning

Amal Abu-Shakra, Eric Saliim


APA 6th edition
Abu-Shakra, A., & Saliim, E. (2012). Including a service learning educational research project in a biology course-I: Assessing community awareness of childhood lead poisoning. European Journal of Educational Research, 1(3), 241-253. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.1.3.241

Harvard
Abu-Shakra A., and Saliim E. 2012 'Including a service learning educational research project in a biology course-I: Assessing community awareness of childhood lead poisoning', European Journal of Educational Research , vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 241-253. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.12973/eu-jer.1.3.241

Chicago 16th edition
Abu-Shakra, Amal and Saliim, Eric . "Including a service learning educational research project in a biology course-I: Assessing community awareness of childhood lead poisoning". (2012)European Journal of Educational Research 1, no. 3(2012): 241-253. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.1.3.241

Abstract

A university course project was developed and implemented in a biology course, focusing on environmental problems, to assess community awareness of childhood lead poisoning. A set of 385 questionnaires was generated and distributed in an urban community in North Carolina, USA. The study revealed that university education levels among the participants in the study significantly enhanced awareness of the body systems affected by lead poisoning, whereas age significantly enhanced awareness of the treatment of lead poisoning, its prevalence, causes, and the body systems affected. A majority of the participants showed interest in learning about lead poisoning (67%), but perhaps not only through a university seminar (42%). The project showed that involvement of students in innovative communication avenues between universities and communities, aimed at enhancing public awareness of a major environmental health risk, is possible through a biology course project in which students are part of the project’s development, implementation and analysis. Also, such an educational research project can, despite some limitations, offer educational opportunities that can intensify the students’ interest in the course and knowledge of the research topic.

Keywords: Childhood lead poisoning, community awareness, service learning