Student research projects: the experiences of student dietitians, university faculty members, and collaborators

Kevin Whelan, Jane E Thomas, Angela M Madden

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    Two universities in the United Kingdom made systematic attempts to increase the number of student dietitians' research projects that are supervised by university faculty members in conjunction with external collaborators (collaborative projects), rather than by faculty alone (faculty-only projects). A questionnaire survey was used to evaluate the experiences of student dietitians (n=110), university faculty members (n=38), and collaborators (n=31) involved in a student research project, comparing those involved in a faculty-only project with those involved in a collaborative project. Students undertaking collaborative projects reported greater involvement in most areas of the research process and greater skill development in obtaining research ethics approval (P=0.005), data collection (P=0.05), and statistical analysis (P=0.004) than students undertaking faculty-only projects. In addition, collaborative projects were more frequently considered to produce results that would change dietetics practice than faculty-only projects by both student dietitians (60% vs 30%, P=0.01) and university faculty members (62% vs 19%, P
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1567-74
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of the American Dietetic Association
    Issue number9
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


    • Adult
    • Chi-Square Distribution
    • Cohort Studies
    • Dietetics
    • Faculty
    • Female
    • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
    • Humans
    • Learning
    • Male
    • Middle Aged
    • Professional Competence
    • Professional Practice
    • Questionnaires
    • Research
    • Students
    • Universities


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