In KENFIN-EDURA, strengthening higher education through building research capacity means that we have really put an effort to educating students to conduct research, interpret and present scientific information and using the scientific information for the good of the communities. Together with the students, we have learned how to assess dietary intake, physical activity, anthropometric measures, how to perform group interviews, and how to face people as a researcher entering to a community to collect information. The cross-sectional data includes 150 adolescent-guardian pairs from lower-middle income and higher-middle income areas of Nairobi, and it has been used and can be used in various master and doctoral thesis, and of course in scientific articles. Below you find links to our publications.
If you are a student in one of the partner institutions and looking for suitable data for your thesis, we are open for suggestions. Contact us to get more information of the data and procedures.
In addition to data collection and methods, we have focused on statistical and presentation skills. As an important part of modern research, the results need to be used for good of the communities to enable change for better. You can read more about how our students learned to transfer scientific results to messages that a lay person can understand from Community Outreach.
Important parts of the research capacity building has been the development of different materials that can be used in teaching but also in research and in practical work. Such materials produced in the project are, for example, Photographic food atlas for Kenyan adolescents aged 11-14 years. You can read more about that below and download a free version of the atlas HERE.
Publications and thesEs
- Hanna Walsh Master Thesis: Development of a photographic food atlas to support food portion estimation among children and adolescents aged 9-14 years in Nairobi, Kenya
- Noora Uusi-Ranta Master Thesis: The association of diet and physical activity in Nairobian pre-adolescents
- Elisa Särkilahti Master Thesis (abstract in Finnish and English): Sosiodemografisten tekijöiden yhteydet nairobilaisten lasten ruokavalioon
- Photographic Food Atlas for Kenyan Adolescents
- Maiju Pokkinen, Bachelor’s thesis: Review on Higher Education in the Field of Sports in Finland
- Sanna Töyrylä, Bachelor’s Thesis: Fundamental movement skills – a resource material for physical educators in Kenya