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If a picture tells a thousand words, how useful are they as a teaching tool? Evaluating a digital food photo resource within a first year tertiary nutrition subject

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Abstract


  • A sound knowledge of food composition is fundamental to the study of nutrition and is often

    a challenging concept to convey and comprehend. The primary aim of this study was to

    assess the perceptions and experiences of students studying an introductory nutrition subject,

    regarding the efficacy and usefulness of a digital food photo resource in building their

    understanding of food composition and product knowledge. The secondary aim was to

    identify and explore other potential applications of the resource within other formats and

    settings. Tertiary students (n=203) studying the nutrition subject, SHS150 at the University

    of Wollongong (UOW) were introduced to a newly developed resource, containing 200

    digital food photographs, with nutrient profile information, in week five of semester two via

    lectures, activities and an assessment. Students were invited to take part in an optional,

    anonymous online survey via Survey Monkey (n= 27) in week eight and an intensive

    interview (n=2) in week 10. Intensive interview questions were piloted in week nine via a

    semi-structured student interview (n=1) and all interviews were conducted, transcribed and

    de-identified by independent researchers to minimise potential bias, and reviewed using

    content and thematic analysis. The digital resource was received positively with 67% of

    students surveyed agreeing they found it less challenging to estimate the nutrient composition

    of food since using the digital resource. Most (83%) suggested they would likely access the

    digital resource again. Students found the resource enhanced their understanding of food

    composition reinforcing the significant need for the digital resource and future expansion.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Baker, J., Fish, J., Walton, K. L., McMahon, A., Brewer, C. J., Manning, F., Grafenauer, S., Kennedy, M. A. & Probst, Y. (2012). If a picture tells a thousand words, how useful are they as a teaching tool? Evaluating a digital food photo resource within a first year tertiary nutrition subject. Nutrition and Dietetics, 69 (Suppl. S1), 158-158.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4245&context=hbspapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/3193

Number Of Pages


  • 0

Start Page


  • 158

End Page


  • 158

Volume


  • 69

Issue


  • Suppl. S1

Abstract


  • A sound knowledge of food composition is fundamental to the study of nutrition and is often

    a challenging concept to convey and comprehend. The primary aim of this study was to

    assess the perceptions and experiences of students studying an introductory nutrition subject,

    regarding the efficacy and usefulness of a digital food photo resource in building their

    understanding of food composition and product knowledge. The secondary aim was to

    identify and explore other potential applications of the resource within other formats and

    settings. Tertiary students (n=203) studying the nutrition subject, SHS150 at the University

    of Wollongong (UOW) were introduced to a newly developed resource, containing 200

    digital food photographs, with nutrient profile information, in week five of semester two via

    lectures, activities and an assessment. Students were invited to take part in an optional,

    anonymous online survey via Survey Monkey (n= 27) in week eight and an intensive

    interview (n=2) in week 10. Intensive interview questions were piloted in week nine via a

    semi-structured student interview (n=1) and all interviews were conducted, transcribed and

    de-identified by independent researchers to minimise potential bias, and reviewed using

    content and thematic analysis. The digital resource was received positively with 67% of

    students surveyed agreeing they found it less challenging to estimate the nutrient composition

    of food since using the digital resource. Most (83%) suggested they would likely access the

    digital resource again. Students found the resource enhanced their understanding of food

    composition reinforcing the significant need for the digital resource and future expansion.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Baker, J., Fish, J., Walton, K. L., McMahon, A., Brewer, C. J., Manning, F., Grafenauer, S., Kennedy, M. A. & Probst, Y. (2012). If a picture tells a thousand words, how useful are they as a teaching tool? Evaluating a digital food photo resource within a first year tertiary nutrition subject. Nutrition and Dietetics, 69 (Suppl. S1), 158-158.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4245&context=hbspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/3193

Number Of Pages


  • 0

Start Page


  • 158

End Page


  • 158

Volume


  • 69

Issue


  • Suppl. S1