Sickle cell in the university curriculum: a survey assessing demand for open access educational materials in a constructed community of interest .

Date

2011-03

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ISSN

1759-1422

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Volume Title

Publisher

Radcliffe Publishing

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Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

Successive UK governments have sought to support expanded teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects within university curricula. There is an increased expectation that the education of health professionals will enhance their knowledge of genetics. Sickle-cell disease is both a genetic condition and a major public health issue globally that is neglected in university curricula. An Internet survey involving 226 respondents from sickle-cell communities of interest (science educators, health professionals and voluntary groups for sickle cell) found greater awareness of educational resources on popular Internet sites than on formally constituted academic repositories for open education resources. Sickle cell was widely seen as an important topic for open education resources. These began in the USA in the 1990s but have only more recently received attention in the UK. A project developing such sickle-cell resources within a repository of open education resources has been proposed to and funded by the UK's Higher Education Academy (HEA) and Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). From 2011, 'Sickle Cell Open: Online Topics and Education Resources (SCOOTER)' will develop sickle-cell open education resources, which can be found on its website (www.sicklecellanaemia.org).

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Keywords

genetics, health professional education, open education resources, sickle cell, STEM subjects, university curriculum

Citation

Rolfe, V., Fowler, M. and Dyson, S.M. (2011) Sickle cell in the university curriculum: a survey assessing demand for open access educational materials in a constructed community of interest. Diversity in Health Care, 8 (4): pp. 239-249.

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Institute for Allied Health Sciences Research