The Relationship between Students’ Participation in Class Discussion and Perceived Control in Personal Health Issues Classes

By Bojana Beric.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The paper will focus on a relation between students’ perceived control and participation in class discussion. The Psychological Empowerment theoretical framework (Zimmerman, 1995) was used to structure the study with the assumption that perceived control could explain students’ participation in class discussion. The research method used was a survey. The research participants (N=191) were undergraduate students enrolled in a general requirement, personal health issues course, at a public university in the United States. The results showed the difference in the level of participation in class discussion was related to perceived control, with Pearson correlation, r = 0.32, p < 0. 05. Therefore, it was concluded that there is a statistically significant relation between students’ perceived control and participation in class discussion in personal health issues college classes.

Keywords: Participation in Class Discussion, Perceived Control, Psychological Empowerment, Undergraduate Personal Health Issues Class

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.61-74. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 714.865KB).

Dr. Bojana Beric

Assistant Professor of Health Studies, The Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey, USA

Bojana Beric, MD, MA, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Health Studies at the Monmouth University in New Jersey. She attained MD degree from University of Novi Sad, Yugoslavia, MA in Health Education from Montclair State University in New Jersey, and a PhD in Health Education from New York University in New York. She worked as a physician in Yugoslavia, before moving to United States in 1984. She worked as a researcher at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas for a few years, and since 1995 she has been a teacher of health education in New Jersey. She published and presented papers nationally and internationally. She has been active in professional associations, at the local, national and international level. Her interest is in methods of communication of health information, in organizing community of learners with the purpose of promoting health and preventing disease, in studying participation in action and health literacy.

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