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Biomechanics: 40 Years On, Joseph Hamill, Kathleen M. Knutzen, Timothy R. Derrick Jun 2021

Biomechanics: 40 Years On, Joseph Hamill, Kathleen M. Knutzen, Timothy R. Derrick

Kinesiology Publications

In the last 40 years, biomechanics has progressed significantly as a subdiscipline within kinesiology. The development of national and international societies dedicated to biomechanics and the increase in the number of scientific biomechanics journals has led to a growth in the biomechanics community. In the last few decades, the research focus in biomechanics has broadened substantially. With this diversity of focus, there have been many novel developments in new technologies used in biomechanics. Biomechanics has become an integral subdiscipline that has interfaced with several other areas in kinesiology and has contributed significantly to enhancing the knowledge base in all areas ...


Effects Of Covid-19 On University Student Food Security, Elizabeth D. Davitt, Michelle M. Heer, Donna M. Winham, Simon T. Knoblauch, Mack C. Shelley Jun 2021

Effects Of Covid-19 On University Student Food Security, Elizabeth D. Davitt, Michelle M. Heer, Donna M. Winham, Simon T. Knoblauch, Mack C. Shelley

Food Science and Human Nutrition Publications

During COVID-19 restrictions in spring 2020, college students experienced closed dormitories and increased unemployment and many students moved in with their families. College students were vulnerable to food insecurity pre-pandemic and this study examined how the living situations and food security status changed for Midwestern university students due to COVID-19 restrictions. An email survey administered to Iowa State University students between the ages of 18 and 30 who physically attended campus prior to its closure produced 1434 responses. Students living with a parent or guardian increased by 44% and were less likely to experience food insecurity or less likely to ...


Training Interns In Nutrition And Dietetics: A Cross-Sectional Study Of The Barriers And Motivators To Being A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Preceptor, Andrea M. Hutchins, Donna M. Winham, Jinette P. Fellows, Michelle M. Heer May 2021

Training Interns In Nutrition And Dietetics: A Cross-Sectional Study Of The Barriers And Motivators To Being A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Preceptor, Andrea M. Hutchins, Donna M. Winham, Jinette P. Fellows, Michelle M. Heer

Food Science and Human Nutrition Publications

Background

As is common across the health professions, training of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) requires experiential learning for interns/students to gain skills and demonstrate entry-level competency. Preceptors are essential to the experiential learning component of health care professional training, providing supervision and mentoring as students and interns gain the skills required for entry-level practice competency. Over the past 27 years, 47–73% of applicants to dietetic internships have received a placement. Practitioners willing to volunteer as preceptors are needed to generate more internship or experiential learning opportunities for the profession to continue to meet workforce demands.

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The objective ...


Dancing For Parkinson’S: A Gateway For Connectedness To Peers And Social Assurance, P. Izbicki, Elizabeth L. Stegemoller, J. Compton, J. Thompson May 2021

Dancing For Parkinson’S: A Gateway For Connectedness To Peers And Social Assurance, P. Izbicki, Elizabeth L. Stegemoller, J. Compton, J. Thompson

Kinesiology Publications

The first-year student experience in college is a crucial time for personal and professional development, especially for students entering science, technology, education, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Unfortunately, it is also the time when students most commonly leave STEM, largely due to disconnection from faculty and peers. The Freshman Research Initiative (FRI) is a program that introduces first-year undergraduates to research in a variety of fields. The program has shown positive outcomes for student success and retention in STEM fields. However, it has not been demonstrated whether this program can increase social connectedness and assurance, potentially contributing to students’ longer-term retention ...


Broadening The Impact Of Plant Science Through Innovative, Integrative, And Inclusive Outreach, Joanna Friesner, Gustavo C. Macintosh, Et Al. Apr 2021

Broadening The Impact Of Plant Science Through Innovative, Integrative, And Inclusive Outreach, Joanna Friesner, Gustavo C. Macintosh, Et Al.

Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology Publications

Population growth and climate change will impact food security and potentially exacerbate the environmental toll that agriculture has taken on our planet. These existential concerns demand that a passionate, interdisciplinary, and diverse community of plant science professionals is trained during the 21st century. Furthermore, societal trends that question the importance of science and expert knowledge highlight the need to better communicate the value of rigorous fundamental scientific exploration. Engaging students and the general public in the wonder of plants, and science in general, requires renewed efforts that take advantage of advances in technology and new models of funding and knowledge ...


Pre-Service Teachers Self-Perceived Training Needs Associated With Program Design And Management And Leadership And Sae Development, Mark S. Hainline, Scott W. Smalley Jan 2021

Pre-Service Teachers Self-Perceived Training Needs Associated With Program Design And Management And Leadership And Sae Development, Mark S. Hainline, Scott W. Smalley

Agricultural Education and Studies Publications

Teacher educators face the perpetual challenge of providing pre-service teachers with the most pertinent pedagogical and content-related knowledge and skills to ensure their success in the field of education. Using a modified version of a Borich needs assessment instrument, we assessed the agricultural education training needs of agricultural education pre-service teachers (n = 69) at Iowa State University related to program design and management and leadership and Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE) development. The General Program Standards for Agricultural Education, developed by the Iowa Council on Agricultural Education, served as a guide for assessing the areas of pre-service teachers’ training needs. Mean ...


What Best Animal Science Teachers Do, B. D. Whitaker, W. R. Lamberson, M. F. Smith, B. S. Walters, Curtis R. Youngs Jan 2021

What Best Animal Science Teachers Do, B. D. Whitaker, W. R. Lamberson, M. F. Smith, B. S. Walters, Curtis R. Youngs

Animal Science Publications

Great teachers have the extraordinary ability to inspire and motivate even those students who resist learning. The top educators are knowledgeable not only about the content of the course they are teaching but also of the information, literature, and practice of instructional delivery to their audience. Many exemplary educators have been profiled and studied; however, there is a paucity of information pertaining to how the top animal science teachers teach. The objective of this study was to identify and describe characteristics of award-winning animal science teachers. The inclusion criterion for selecting faculty was being bestowed an excellence in teaching award ...


Assessing Youth Safety Knowledge Through The Agriculture Experience Tracker (Aet), Scott W. Smalley, Dustin K. Perry, Rebecca G. Lawver, Michael L. Pate, Alyx Shultz, Roger Hanagriff, Clay Ewell Jan 2021

Assessing Youth Safety Knowledge Through The Agriculture Experience Tracker (Aet), Scott W. Smalley, Dustin K. Perry, Rebecca G. Lawver, Michael L. Pate, Alyx Shultz, Roger Hanagriff, Clay Ewell

Agricultural Education and Studies Proceedings, Presentations and Posters

The purpose of this study was to assess high school agricultural education youth safety knowledge. The target population consisted of high school agricultural education youth, ages 14-19 years, who were enrolled in School Based Agricultural Education programs that utilized the AET agricultural safety exam feature between the dates of May 2019 and June 2020 (N=1478). The safety knowledge questions were randomly generated from the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program instructor curriculum resources. The exam consisted of 50 multiple-choice and true/false questions with one point being awarded for each correct answer and covered topics such as safety ...


Tractor And Machinery Instructor Training: Impact Of Sequential Professional Development, Rebecca G. Lawver, Michael L. Pate, Scott W. Smalley, Dustin K. Perry, Alyx Shultz Jan 2021

Tractor And Machinery Instructor Training: Impact Of Sequential Professional Development, Rebecca G. Lawver, Michael L. Pate, Scott W. Smalley, Dustin K. Perry, Alyx Shultz

Agricultural Education and Studies Proceedings, Presentations and Posters

Vocational and technical education programs continue to play a pivotal role in the development of workers‘ occupational safety and health skills in all industries (Schulte et al., 2005). The Agricultural Safety Education Initiative was first conducted in the summer of 2017 as a multiple year “Train the Trainer” program to improve teachers‘ tractor and machinery knowledge. The training was organized around the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operations Program (NSTMOP) Curriculum (Pate et al., 2019). The agricultural safety education training was offered again during the summers of 2018 and 2019. Each seminar focused training activities on a specific safety theme ...


Professional Development And Education: Central Asia University Partnership Program (Unicen) Between Iowa State University And Tashkent Institute Of Irrigation And Agricultural Mechanization Engineers And Tiiame Bukhara Branch, Jacek A. Koziel, Brian L. Steward, Tina A. Coffelt, Kodir Sabirov, Mansur Amonov Jan 2021

Professional Development And Education: Central Asia University Partnership Program (Unicen) Between Iowa State University And Tashkent Institute Of Irrigation And Agricultural Mechanization Engineers And Tiiame Bukhara Branch, Jacek A. Koziel, Brian L. Steward, Tina A. Coffelt, Kodir Sabirov, Mansur Amonov

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Presentations

Iowa State University has been awarded two grants focused on professional development and education. The grants are part of the U.S. Department of State and the American Councils for International Education programming for the UniCEN platform. UniCEN focuses on increasing sustainable collaborations between U.S. and Central Asia higher education partners. Twenty-two of the partnerships in the UniCEN network are in Uzbekistan, located in the heart of Central Asia. The Iowa State University partnership builds on two project grants. One grant, entitled Enhancing the Reputation of Research in Uzbekistan through Professional Development, focuses on faculty research and workforce development ...


Transdisciplinary Approaches For The Dissemination Of The Switch School Wellness Initiative Through A Distributed 4-H/Extension Network, Gabriella Mcloughlin, Spyridoula Vazou, Laura C. Liechty, Ann R. Torbert, Lorraine Lanningham-Foster, R. R. Rosenkranz, Gregory Welk May 2020

Transdisciplinary Approaches For The Dissemination Of The Switch School Wellness Initiative Through A Distributed 4-H/Extension Network, Gabriella Mcloughlin, Spyridoula Vazou, Laura C. Liechty, Ann R. Torbert, Lorraine Lanningham-Foster, R. R. Rosenkranz, Gregory Welk

Kinesiology Publications

Background: Schools provide an ideal setting for promoting healthy lifestyles in youth, but it has proven difficult to promote the adoption and implementation of evidence-based programming by school leaders. The SWITCH® (School Wellness Integration Targeting Child Health) intervention is a capacity-building process designed to help school leaders learn how to plan, implement, and sustain school wellness programs on their own.

Objective: The present study evaluates the transdisciplinary approaches used in establishing an integrated research-practice partnership with the state-wide 4-H/Extension network to support broader dissemination.

Method: The study used a mixed methods approach to evaluate the degree of engagement and ...


A Systematic Review And Qualitative Synthesis Resulting In A Typology Of Elementary Classroom Movement Integration Interventions, Spyridoula Vazou, Collin A. Webster, Gregory Stewart, Priscila Candal, Cate A. Egan, Adam Pennell, Laura B. Russ Jan 2020

A Systematic Review And Qualitative Synthesis Resulting In A Typology Of Elementary Classroom Movement Integration Interventions, Spyridoula Vazou, Collin A. Webster, Gregory Stewart, Priscila Candal, Cate A. Egan, Adam Pennell, Laura B. Russ

Kinesiology Publications

Background/Objective: Movement integration (MI) involves infusing physical activity into normal classroom time. A wide range of MI interventions have succeeded in increasing children’s participation in physical activity. However, no previous research has attempted to unpack the various MI intervention approaches. Therefore, this study aimed to systematically review, qualitatively analyze, and develop a typology of MI interventions conducted in primary/ elementary school settings.

Subjects/Methods: Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines were followed to identify published MI interventions. Irrelevant records were removed first by title, then by abstract, and finally by full texts of articles ...


Utilizing An Evidence Based Safety Curriculum: A Review Of Factors That May Influence Effectiveness, Dustin K. Perry, Scott W. Smalley, Michael L. Pate Jan 2020

Utilizing An Evidence Based Safety Curriculum: A Review Of Factors That May Influence Effectiveness, Dustin K. Perry, Scott W. Smalley, Michael L. Pate

Agricultural Education and Studies Proceedings, Presentations and Posters

With a national estimate of 121,252 injuries from 2001-2014, youth who live on, work on, or visit farms in the United States have been identified as a special population at high risk for non-fatal and fatal injuries (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health [NIOSH], 2014). The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of utilizing an evidence based, “Train the Teacher” approach to increase the safety knowledge and awareness of secondary students. During the 2017-2018 academic year, a representative convenience sample of students whose educators participated in Montana and South Dakota training was sought for this ...


Exploring Content, Pedagogy, And Literacy Strategies Among Preservice Teachers In Case Institutes, John D. Tummons, Laura Hasselquist, Scott W. Smalley Jan 2020

Exploring Content, Pedagogy, And Literacy Strategies Among Preservice Teachers In Case Institutes, John D. Tummons, Laura Hasselquist, Scott W. Smalley

Agricultural Education and Studies Publications

Educational leaders implement professional development activities to facilitate teacher learning and growth. Each summer, scores of secondary agriculture teachers attend Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) institutes as a form of professional development. Recently, teacher preparation programs have begun offering CASE institutes for preservice teachers. This study explored the lived experiences of preservice teachers in two CASE institutes. Three central themes emerged from the data: 1) preservice participants wrestled with adoption of inquiry teaching strategies as a teaching method, 2) contextualized literacy in the agriculture classroom helped preservice participants understand their role as a teacher of literacy, and 3) participant ...


Effectiveness Of Utilizing An Evidence Based Safety Curriculum To Increase Student Knowledge, Dustin K. Perry, Scott W. Smalley, Michael L. Pate Jan 2020

Effectiveness Of Utilizing An Evidence Based Safety Curriculum To Increase Student Knowledge, Dustin K. Perry, Scott W. Smalley, Michael L. Pate

Agricultural Education and Studies Publications

The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of utilizing an evidence based, “Train the Trainer” approach to increase the safety knowledge and awareness of secondary students. Participating teachers attended a 10-hour, inquiry-based summer training workshop utilizing National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operations Program (NSTMOP) materials focusing on roll-over protection structures, mini-tilt table construction, and on-farm tractor risk assessments. Teachers incorporated workshop lessons into existing curricula. Students completed pretests prior to instruction and posttests after instructional units were delivered. A total of 118 students provided completed preand posttests, with most students identifying as male and more than half ...


The Role Of Collaboration Throughout The Agricultural Education Student Teaching Experience, Scott W. Smalley, Jay Solomonson, Kelsey R. Schramm Jan 2020

The Role Of Collaboration Throughout The Agricultural Education Student Teaching Experience, Scott W. Smalley, Jay Solomonson, Kelsey R. Schramm

Agricultural Education and Studies Publications

When educators collaborate to create different products, construct knowledge, and solve problems, they develop their collegiality and it motivates them to return each year. Vygotsky’s Sociocultural Theory (1962) aided in the understanding of pre-service teachers’ experiences related to collaboration during their teacher preparation program. The purpose of this study was to investigate the collaborative efforts conducted among student teachers hosted in school-based agricultural education programs. Findings in this study indicated that working with other teachers enhanced pre-service student teacher’s ability to create activities. Participants believed technology could enhance collaboration. Collaboration occurred with various audiences throughout the student teaching ...


The Intersection Of Agricultural Education And Teaching Foreign Languages In American Elementary Schools, Kori Floyd Jan 2020

The Intersection Of Agricultural Education And Teaching Foreign Languages In American Elementary Schools, Kori Floyd

Creative Components

This project explores the intersection of agricultural education and teaching foreign languages in American elementary schools. The project was created to address the need to expose young children to the benefits of agriculture and foreign languages, which would potentially develop into a global career option, as agriculture is projected to become a sustainable industry in the 21st century job market. Furthermore, elementary students would benefit from learning about agriculture through foreign language education due to the large Spanish-speaking population that works in the agriculture industry in the United States. Elementary students from English-speaking households will gain a cultural perspective ...


Developing An Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Program In Forensics And Biology At Iowa State University, James Kruse Jan 2020

Developing An Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Program In Forensics And Biology At Iowa State University, James Kruse

Creative Components

Forensic Science has become a buzz word in modern day society. With this, there is a growing interest in the field and an increase in academic programs being developed at the college level. Currently, Iowa State University does not have a set forensic science undergraduate program available for students wishing to pursue a career as a forensic criminalist. Due to this, some students are entering programs that will not adequately prepare them for the career they wish to pursue post-graduation. The document to follow details the construction of such a program utilizing the current American Academy of Forensic Science accreditation ...


Elementary School Agriculture Education Pilot Program: Curriculum Development And Assessing Success, Justin Youngblood Jan 2020

Elementary School Agriculture Education Pilot Program: Curriculum Development And Assessing Success, Justin Youngblood

Creative Components

Traditionally, an Agricultural Education program has only incorporated Middle and High School programs as well as adult programs. However, for the first time in the United States, Elementary School Agriculture Education programs are being piloted in the state of Georgia. Agricultural Education programs in the United States and U.S. territories currently enroll more than 800,000 students (National FFA Organization, 2019). Based on the 2018-2019 Georgia Agriculture Education Annual Report, more than 74,549 students are enrolled in Agricultural Education Programs throughout Georgia (Georgia Agricultural Education, 2019).


Alignment Of A Digital Watershed And Land Use Game To National Education Standards, Katelyn Anderson, Nancy Grudens-Schuck, Robert Valek, Lisa A. Schulte, Scott W. Smalley Jan 2020

Alignment Of A Digital Watershed And Land Use Game To National Education Standards, Katelyn Anderson, Nancy Grudens-Schuck, Robert Valek, Lisa A. Schulte, Scott W. Smalley

Agricultural Education and Studies Publications

Digital games, especially simulations, have supported student learning outcomes in the areas of science and agriculture in classrooms and nonformal settings. Simulations contribute robustly to student achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and agriculture content areas, especially when they are aligned with national education standards. The People in Ecosystems Watershed Integration (PEWI) simulation is a digital game that was evaluated for fit to two national standards: the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Standards (AFNR). The evaluation of alignment of PEWI to NGSS provided “extensive” evidence on a four‐point scale for ...


Evaluating The Implementation Of The Switch® School Wellness Intervention Through Mixed Methods., Gabriella Mcloughlin, Priscila Candal, Spyridoula Vazou, Joey A. Lee, David A. Dzewaltowski, Ric R. Rosenkranz, Lorraine Lanningham-Foster, Douglas Gentile, Laura C. Liechty, Senlin Chen, Gregory Welk Jan 2020

Evaluating The Implementation Of The Switch® School Wellness Intervention Through Mixed Methods., Gabriella Mcloughlin, Priscila Candal, Spyridoula Vazou, Joey A. Lee, David A. Dzewaltowski, Ric R. Rosenkranz, Lorraine Lanningham-Foster, Douglas Gentile, Laura C. Liechty, Senlin Chen, Gregory Welk

Kinesiology Publications

Background: School wellness programming is important for promoting academic achievement and healthy lifestyles in youth; however, research is needed on methods that can help schools implement and sustain programs on their own. The purpose of this study was to investigate factors within and outside the school environment that impacted school capacity for implementation and potential sustainability of wellness programming.

Methods: As part of the School Wellness Integration Targeting Child Health (SWITCH®) intervention, elementary school wellness teams (N=30) were guided through a capacity-building process focused on promoting the adoption of healthy lifestyle behaviors in students. Data on implementation were collected ...


From Cafeteria To Classroom: A Composting Program For The Eslie J. Parquette School, Angelica Anders Jan 2020

From Cafeteria To Classroom: A Composting Program For The Eslie J. Parquette School, Angelica Anders

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The Development Of A Blended Education Course For Individuals To Establish A Self-Sufficient Small Farm Or Acreage, Christa Lynn Hartsook Jan 2020

The Development Of A Blended Education Course For Individuals To Establish A Self-Sufficient Small Farm Or Acreage, Christa Lynn Hartsook

Creative Components

This document details an Extension program developed by Christa Hartsook, graduate student in Agricultural Education and Studies, for the fulfillment of her master’s degree. The Homegrown Lifestyle course trains acreage owners how to manage their acreages, grow food for themselves and perhaps provide a supplemental income. This program is also beneficial to those residents who desire to live on an acreage, but lack an agriculture upbringing to know best management practices for common agricultural challenges on a small farm.


Agriculture: An Agricultural Approach To International Perspectives, Kiley Baerg Jan 2020

Agriculture: An Agricultural Approach To International Perspectives, Kiley Baerg

Creative Components

Agricultural educators are in a unique position when it comes to approaching globalization and multicultural diversity in the classroom. Agriculture is rich with diversity as food and fibers are produced in all corners of the world. It is the perfect environment to share cultural diversity and investigate other ways of life while investigating food and fiber production. agriCULTURE is a curriculum designed to provide teachers with a resource to bring multicultural diversity into the classroom through the exploration of agriculture around the globe. The general objectives are to:

1) Increase cultural competency among secondary students.

2) Introduce students to agricultural ...


Addressing Food Insecurity: Experiential Learning Through Entrepreneurship Education In A Second Year Career And Technical Education Setting, Jorhie Beadle Jan 2020

Addressing Food Insecurity: Experiential Learning Through Entrepreneurship Education In A Second Year Career And Technical Education Setting, Jorhie Beadle

Creative Components

Food insecurity is an issue that impacts approximately eleven percent of households in the United States (Economic Research Service, 2018). According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) (2008), food insecurity exists when a household has inadequate access to food supply due to social or economic reasons. In addition to access, the availability, utilization and stability of food supply also impact the food security status of a household (FAO, 2008).

High school agriculture courses offer a unique opportunity for learners interested in addressing food insecurity at the local level. This curriculum (referred to as ‘The Food ...


Basis Key To Hedging Success, Lee Schulz Nov 2019

Basis Key To Hedging Success, Lee Schulz

Economics Publications

Livestock Outlook: Understand how fed cattle risk management tools work.


Self-Determination Through Circus Arts: Exploring Youth Development In A Novel Activity Context, Jennifer P. Agans, Jacqueline L. Davis, Spyridoula Vazou, Tal Jarus Sep 2019

Self-Determination Through Circus Arts: Exploring Youth Development In A Novel Activity Context, Jennifer P. Agans, Jacqueline L. Davis, Spyridoula Vazou, Tal Jarus

Kinesiology Publications

Youth development takes place in many contexts, with different resulting participant outcomes. Broadening the scope of research to include non-traditional contexts such as youth circus arts programs, which are both similar to and different from other out-of-school-time contexts, may promote better understanding of the ways in which these programs impact youth development. The present study examined the prevalence of support for basic psychological needs and positive developmental outcomes among youth circus program participants. Single time-point quantitative surveys were completed by 111 youth members of the American Youth Circus Organization (62% female), ranging in age from 10 to 21. Results indicated ...


Building Bridges Between Producers And Schools: The Role Of Extension In The Farm To School Program, Shuyang Qu, Laura Fischer, Joy Rumble Aug 2019

Building Bridges Between Producers And Schools: The Role Of Extension In The Farm To School Program, Shuyang Qu, Laura Fischer, Joy Rumble

Agricultural Education and Studies Publications

Childhood obesity is one of the leading problems facing Americans today. As children continue to struggle with both obesity and food insecurity, many parents and doctors look to schools to be responsible for providing healthful meals. The aim of the Farm to School (F2S) program is to bring fresh, local produce into school cafeterias. Aligning with Extension goals, the F2S program provides an opportunity for both the development of healthful lifestyles and increases in agricultural profits. Through interviews with producers and school food service directors, we determined ways Extension programming can be used to improve the efficiency of the F2S ...


Just Figures: A Method To Introduce Students To Data Analysis One Figure At A Time, Julia Massimelli, Kameryn Denaro, Brian Sato, Pavan Kadandale, Nancy Boury Jun 2019

Just Figures: A Method To Introduce Students To Data Analysis One Figure At A Time, Julia Massimelli, Kameryn Denaro, Brian Sato, Pavan Kadandale, Nancy Boury

Plant Pathology and Microbiology Publications

Quantitative data analysis skills are basic competencies students in a STEM field should master. In this article, we describe a classroom activity using isolated figures from papers as a simple exercise to practice data analysis skills. We call this approach Just Figures. With this technique, instructors find figures from primary papers that address key concepts related to several of their course learning objectives. These figures are assigned as homework prior to class discussion. In class, instructors teach the lesson and include a 10- to 20-minute discussion of the figures assigned. Frequent and repeated discussion of paper figures during class increased ...


The Impact Of An Introductory Animal Handling Course On Undergraduate Students Who Lack Previous Livestock Handling Experience, J. M. Bundy, J. A. Sterle, A. K. Johnson, G. T. Krahn Mar 2019

The Impact Of An Introductory Animal Handling Course On Undergraduate Students Who Lack Previous Livestock Handling Experience, J. M. Bundy, J. A. Sterle, A. K. Johnson, G. T. Krahn

Animal Science Publications

A majority of animal science undergraduates have limited livestock handling experience when they come to college. To address this issue, a course based on livestock handling, safety and welfare was implemented in the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University. This study aimed to 1) determine if the course was effective at improving the comfort level of a student while handling livestock and 2) to identify demographic factors that contributed to student performance in the course. The course was delivered as an 8-week, lecture-laboratory format. Each semester, a pre-course survey and pre-course exam were administered during the first class ...