Developing an educational Web site for youth regarding protection from ultraviolet radiation, and evaluating that Web site via the Internet
Ji-Hyun Kim, Michigan State University, United States
Michigan State University . Awarded
This study investigates sun protection knowledge and practices of mid-Michigan youths. In that regard this researcher (Kim) sought to ascertain pertinent details of the relationship between those youths' sun protective practices and predictor variables, including: (1) sun protective knowledge scores, (2) sun protective practices of parents, (3) sun protective practices of friends, (4) ultraviolet (UV) overexposure experiences, and (5) indirect experiences regarding skin cancer. The survey for this study was implemented using a printed and an online questionnaire.
Based on analysis of data collected, this researcher developed educational material about skin cancer prevention, and created a Web site to disseminate sun protection information for youths, their parents, and other concerned adults. The web site comprises five sections: sun facts, skin cancer, sun protection, a sun-wise quiz, and a web evaluation. The web site was tested via different platforms and browsers, to ensure its functionality.
An online evaluation of the web site was completed by youth and adults, to measure the appropriateness of its informational, functional and aesthetic aspects. The results showed that the Web site was perceived as appropriate for youth, regarding all aspects mentioned above. This provides also a set of potential guidelines for future web development, and for related educational materials.
Kim, J.H. Developing an educational Web site for youth regarding protection from ultraviolet radiation, and evaluating that Web site via the Internet. Master's thesis, Michigan State University. Retrieved December 14, 2018 from https://www.learntechlib.org/p/121783/.
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