Exploring student perceptions of health and infection : an interactive staff and student partnership scheme

Abdul Yekeen, Abdul Fatah, Bell, Jake, Boorman, Alex, Hancock, Chris, Kelly, Alison, Mulrooney, Hilda M and Streich, Ricarda (2017) Exploring student perceptions of health and infection : an interactive staff and student partnership scheme. New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences,, 12(1), ISSN (online) 2051-3615

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Personal health & wellbeing are rated more highly in those with higher educational qualifications than those without, and good health & wellbeing are likely to impact upon student attendance and hence attainment at university. It is important to understand factors which may affect perceived health and wellbeing from a student perspective in order to develop university-specific campaigns to correct misinformation. In addition, multidisciplinary working is characteristic in the post-graduation world, but is difficult to truly replicate within formal university teaching. This project had two aims. First, through a cross-disciplinary staff-student collaboration, to explore student perceptions of health and wellbeing in Kingston University. Second, to enable students from a range of disciplines to work in active partnership with each other and with academic staff. A quiz was completed by almost 300 undergraduate students. Results from this and focus group discussions demonstrated reasonable knowledge of a range of lifestyle risk factors affecting health, but misinformation about the safety of vaccines and the importance of nutrition, activity and adequate sleep for maximising health, wellbeing and thus, potentially, university attainment. Future work is planned with Kingston University undergraduate students to address identified misconceptions. Student partners highly rated the opportunity for active learning, partnership working with staff and being part of a cross-disciplinary project team.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Biological sciences
Infection and immunology
Other laboratory based clinical subjects
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing
Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing > School of Life Sciences, Pharmacy and Chemistry
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Depositing User: Alison Kelly
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2019 15:56
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 17:24
DOI: doi.org/10.29311/ndtps.v0i12.596
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/42769

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