ERIC Number: ED338414
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
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Young Children's Perceptions of the Role of Food in their Bodies.
Coulson, R. I.
This study investigated young children's ideas about food. During individual interviews, children were asked questions about food. First, they were shown pictures of foods and asked to group the pictures into a pile of pictures of fruit and a pile of pictures classified as "not fruit". Except for orange juice, actual fruits were accurately classified as such. The number of errors made in categorization decreased with age. Second, children were asked to categorize each food as "good for you" or "not good for you." Lettuce, carrots, and most fruits were seen as good by all children. Foods considered not good included chocolate biscuits, cakes, and dry biscuits. Third, children were asked why people needed to eat food and how food helps one grow. Children were provided with an outline of a human figure and were asked to draw the path food follows after it is taken into the body and to describe the path. Children's drawings dispayed varying levels of understanding of digestive and nutritive processes. In general, results indicated that traditional food categories are not well understood by young children. A list of 13 references is included. (BC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Australia (Melbourne); Biological Processes; Fruits; Nutrition Education Research