ERIC Number: ED209221
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
An Assessment of Nutrition Education in Texas Public Schools.
Hallman, Patsy Spurrier
The overall purpose of this study was to assess nutrition education provided in Texas public schools. The sample was composed of a random selection of 600 Texas school districts. Personnel from 302 school districts responded to the questionnaire concerning the concepts, strategies, and resources used in teaching nutrition the amount of formal preparation of teachers, and the time given to teaching nutrition concepts in various courses. The study revealed that 59.6 percent of elementary school children and 53.8 percent of secondary students are currently receiving some form of nutrition education. In secondary schools, 22.4 percent of the students received nutrition education in homemaking, 21.6 percent in health, and 12.7 percent in biology. At the elementary level, a greater percentage of the students received nutrition education in health classes than in any other class. Home economics teachers provided a significantly greater number of concepts in nutrition than did other teachers. Larger schools provided more nutrition education in health classes than did smaller schools. Lecture was the most commonly used teaching strategy, and textbooks were the most frequently used resource. As teacher preparation in nutrition increased, nutrition education provided also increased. A review of the research, tables presenting data collected from the study, a bibliography on nutrition education, and survey instruments are included. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Stephen F. Austin State Univ., Nacogdoches, TX.