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Objective: To understand how the addition of an evidence-based framework to an online nutrition module influences college students’ critical thinking decision making (CT-DM).
Design: Students were individually randomized into an intervention group or a control group. The nutrition modules focused on 2 topics related to different types of eating behavior. Students completed a CT-DM activity to generate a score.
Participants: College students, between 18 and 24 years old, recruited from introductory nutrition and agriculture science courses at 2 universities.
Intervention: Intervention and control received 2 nutrition modules. The intervention added a CT-DM framework that framed the topic as a problem, incorporated activities, and provided scaffolding.
Main Outcome Measures: CT-DM was scored using a validated rubric to assess the use of critical thinking skills when making a food-related decision. Green eating and critical thinking disposition were measured.
Analysis: Hierarchical linear regression and t tests were used to assess outcomes.
Results: A total of 431 students participated (intervention = 203; control = 228). After controlling for university, the intervention group scored significantly higher on CT-DM (18.1 ± 7.6) compared with the control (15.4 ± 8.4); F (3,428) = 14.58, P < .001.
Conclusions and Implications: The results show that an evidence-based framework using nutrition topics encourages CT-DM skills. Future higher-education nutrition interventions should use frameworks to enhance student learning.
McNamara, J., Sweetman, S., Connors, P., Lofgren, I., & Greene, G. (2019). Using Interactive Nutrition Modules to Increase Critical Thinking Skills in College Courses. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 52(4), 343-350. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2019.06.007
Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2019.06.007