An elective course to engage student pharmacists in elementary school science education

Lisa J. Woodard, Judith S. Wilson, James Blankenship, Raymond M. Quock, Marti Lindsey, Janni J. Kinsler

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Abstract

Objective. To develop and assess the impact of an elective course (HealthWISE) on student pharmacists' skills in communication and health promotion and elementary school students' knowledge of and attitudes toward science. Design. Three colleges and schools of pharmacy collaborated to develop a 1-credit elective course that used online and classroom teaching and learning techniques to prepare student pharmacists to teach science in elementary school classrooms. Student pharmacists delivered 6 science lessons to elementary students over the course of 2 months. Assessment. In weekly journal reflections and a final paper, student pharmacists reported improved communication and health promotion skills. Elementary teachers reported they were satisfied with student pharmacists' performance in the classroom. On pretest and posttest evaluations, elementary students demonstrated increased science knowledge and enhanced enthusiasm for science following the lessons taught by student pharmacists. Conclusions. The HealthWISE elective course provided positive benefit for student pharmacists, elementary school teachers, and elementary students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican journal of pharmaceutical education
Volume75
Issue number10
StatePublished - Dec 2011

Keywords

  • Communication skills
  • Health promotion
  • STEM education
  • Service-learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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    Woodard, L. J., Wilson, J. S., Blankenship, J., Quock, R. M., Lindsey, M., & Kinsler, J. J. (2011). An elective course to engage student pharmacists in elementary school science education. American journal of pharmaceutical education, 75(10), 1-9.