Using a Theory-Driven Approach to Design a Professional Development Workshop

Marilyn S. Townsend, Isobel R. Contento, Susan Nitzke, Jacquelyn W. McClelland, Debra Palmer Keenan, Guen Brown

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The objective of this study was to show how a theory-driven approach to program planning was used to design and evaluate a professional development workshop. Our method was to demonstrate modeling of theory use as a teaching strategy. The Theory of Planned Behavior was used to structure all components of a 6-hour workshop. This workshop significantly increased participants' intention to use theory in designing programs (P < .0001). Educators can apply the methods demonstrated here to systematically use theory in the development, implementation, and evaluation of their workshops, staff trainings, and curricular materials for professionals and consumers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)312-318
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2003



  • Theory
  • Training
  • Workshop

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Education
  • Food Science

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Townsend, M. S., Contento, I. R., Nitzke, S., McClelland, J. W., Keenan, D. P., & Brown, G. (2003). Using a Theory-Driven Approach to Design a Professional Development Workshop. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 35(6), 312-318.