Did You See That? Pathways to a Career in the Public Health Laboratory.
Article Type: Video recording review
Subject: Video recordings (Video recording reviews)
Author: Batorsky, Roberta
Pub Date: 10/01/2009
Publication: Name: The American Biology Teacher Publisher: National Association of Biology Teachers Audience: Academic; Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Biological sciences; Education Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 National Association of Biology Teachers ISSN: 0002-7685
Issue: Date: Oct, 2009 Source Volume: 71 Source Issue: 8
Topic: NamedWork: Did You See That? Pathways to a Career in the Public Health Laboratory (Video recording)
Accession Number: 246348904
Full Text: Did You See That? Pathways to a Career in the Public Health Laboratory. Created by the University of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory (UHL) in conjunction with Iowa's Upper Midwest Public Health Training Center. Funded by a grant from The Centers for Disease Control and the Association of Public Health Laboratories.


This DVD was developed in the format of a board game and interviews with various public health professionals were "embedded" into the game. Subsequent questions about the interviews were the basis for contestants advancing on the game board. But I thought that the game board section was irrelevant to the public health interview segments, which for the most part could stand alone without the additional gimmickry of the board.

I didn't think that the questions asked of the audience by the host (the basis for playing the game) were especially relevant to the DVD; in fact, there was no reason that the average high school (senior) viewer would know the answers to the questions, since most of them were not covered in the interviews. Correct answers to the questions would require extensive and specific prior knowledge that a high school senior wouldn't have. An example: Alter the limnology presentation, the first game question was to identify the linguistic origins of the word "limnology." Another example of an irrelevant question was one in which the audience was asked to identify which of four micrographs showed a hookworm egg, which also was not answered in the DVD.

In the informational/interview section of the DVD, the public health career professionals were extremely interesting and informative about their career choices and their responsibilities. They were shown in their labs. Most of them were young enough for the audience to relate to them.

Also, as part of the game board: there was a bonus question. I am not sure that students watch game shows, although I have adapted Jeopardy to my college and high school instruction. But there has to be a rationale for playing the game; my Jeopardy was a review of previously learned material. What do you win if your team correctly answers the questions and advances the most spaces in the DVD game? What is the purpose of the bonus question, or any of the questions, for that matter?

Another thing that bothered me is the introduction: There is a strange, glowing blue background to all the film depictions of labs. Maybe this is to make an "edgy" effect but for me it made it difficult to see what was being portrayed.

I think that the average career-minded high school senior could be expected to take in the information from the interviews and doesn't need the pseudo-catchy, pseudo-edgy production and the purposeless game. I found them distracting.

Roberta Batorsky

Adjunct Professor of Biology

Middlesex County College

Edison, NJ

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