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A research-based narrative assignment for global health education

A research-based narrative assignment for global health education There is a paucity of research on novel approaches to classroom-based global health education despite the growing popularity of this topic in health professional curricula. The purpose of the following paper is to (1) describe the rationale underlying the use of a research-based narrative assignment for global health education, and (2) describe the results from an evaluation of this assignment with undergraduate public health students, including its strengths and limitations. The research-based narrative assignment was implemented during an introductory global health course for third and fourth year undergraduate public health students. The students (n = 20) completed the assignment and then wrote a two-page reflection about their experience. The author analyzed these student reflections using open coding and thematic analysis. Four salient themes were identified from the written reflections including (1) the challenge of representing persons, (2) the opportunity to develop an engaged understanding of the chosen issue, (3) seeing the bigger picture or integrating the various determinants into a coherence story, and finally (4) the struggle to create a compelling story that was based on accurate information. The analysis of the students’ reflections provides important insights into their experience conducting this assignment, particularly in highlighting key strengths and challenges of this approach. These strengths and challenges are discussed. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Advances in Health Sciences Education Springer Journals

A research-based narrative assignment for global health education

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2013 by Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Subject
Education; Medical Education
ISSN
1382-4996
eISSN
1573-1677
DOI
10.1007/s10459-013-9446-8
pmid
23377611
Publisher site
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Abstract

There is a paucity of research on novel approaches to classroom-based global health education despite the growing popularity of this topic in health professional curricula. The purpose of the following paper is to (1) describe the rationale underlying the use of a research-based narrative assignment for global health education, and (2) describe the results from an evaluation of this assignment with undergraduate public health students, including its strengths and limitations. The research-based narrative assignment was implemented during an introductory global health course for third and fourth year undergraduate public health students. The students (n = 20) completed the assignment and then wrote a two-page reflection about their experience. The author analyzed these student reflections using open coding and thematic analysis. Four salient themes were identified from the written reflections including (1) the challenge of representing persons, (2) the opportunity to develop an engaged understanding of the chosen issue, (3) seeing the bigger picture or integrating the various determinants into a coherence story, and finally (4) the struggle to create a compelling story that was based on accurate information. The analysis of the students’ reflections provides important insights into their experience conducting this assignment, particularly in highlighting key strengths and challenges of this approach. These strengths and challenges are discussed.

Journal

Advances in Health Sciences EducationSpringer Journals

Published: Feb 2, 2013

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