Including a service learning educational research project in a biology course-II: Assessing community awareness of legionnaires' disease?

Amal Abu-Shakra


APA 6th edition
Abu-Shakra, A. (2012). Including a service learning educational research project in a biology course-II: Assessing community awareness of legionnaires' disease?. European Journal of Educational Research, 1(3), 271-282. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.1.3.271

Harvard
Abu-Shakra A. 2012 'Including a service learning educational research project in a biology course-II: Assessing community awareness of legionnaires' disease?', European Journal of Educational Research , vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 271-282. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.12973/eu-jer.1.3.271

Chicago 16th edition
Abu-Shakra, Amal . "Including a service learning educational research project in a biology course-II: Assessing community awareness of legionnaires' disease?". (2012)European Journal of Educational Research 1, no. 3(2012): 271-282. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.1.3.271

Abstract

For a university service learning educational research project addressing Legionnaires’ disease (LD), a Yes/No questionnaire on community awareness of LD was developed and distributed in an urban community in North Carolina, USA. The study showed that the age of the participant was a major factor in enhancing awareness of LD, whereas education was a minor factor at best. Differences in responses among the age groups were strongly significant for general LD awareness, knowledge of its causes and prevalence, as well as body systems affected, prevention and treatment. Interest among the participants in learning more about LD (68%) was higher than in attending a university seminar on the topic (54%). This study provided many educational opportunities to the students to enhance and apply their data analysis skills and to intensify several aspects of their knowledge acquisition and communication skills. Fostering the active involvement of students in an educational activity that can set the stage for an innovative university-community partnership on enhancing awareness of the preventable environmental disease LD is of benefit to all stakeholders.

Keywords: Legionnaires’ disease, community awareness, service learning