Students' attitudes on cancer : the development, implementation and evaluation of a small group discussion unit : an honors thesis (HONRS 499)
The focus of this project was the development, implementation and evaluation of a small group discussion for the Honors 299 Class.Honors 299, or "Human Genetics and Bioethical Decision Making" is a class covering genetic material and bioethical decision models. One portion of the course involves discussions involving between ten and twelve students about ethical issues in genetics.For this project, a discussion unit over the topic of cancer was developed. The unit consisted of two parts: a hypothetical case study and a section of background information. The case study was designed to stimulate thought and discussion about cancer. The background information was intended to supply the students with the information they would need to discuss the topic in depth.The students were given the packet before their discussion groups met. Each group included ten to twelve students and a discussion leader. The groups met for one-hour discussions.The effectiveness of the discussion materials was evaluated by comparing the results of a pretest and a posttest. This test included multiple-choice, short-answer and opinion questions. A t-test analysis of the test scores indicated that students had significantly increased in their knowledge about cancer.