ERIC Number: ED115777
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Aug-8
Reference Count: 0
[Speculations on Nutrition Education for the Next Generation].
McAfee, Donald C.
Analyzing the changing needs of young people today can be helpful in designing future nutrition education programs. Studies indicate that 40 percent of today's 18-26 year olds have considerably different values/attitudes from past values/attitudes. Technology may determine what is possible, but values and attitudes determine what people will accept. The influence of three major value-teaching institutions, the family, church, and school, has been changing in recent years. Changing family influences include the impact of preschool education, increased numbers of young people leaving home to attend college, and the increased number of working mothers. Decline of the influence of institutionalized religion is reflected in 1971 Gallup surveys of decreased church attendance. Two important changing school influences are the analytical teaching approaches and a new breed of teachers representing a broader spectrum of society than previous groups of middle class teachers. Among numerous other influences are television, the trend toward life simplification, and the growth of consumerism. A relevant, challenging nutrition education curriculum is needed from preschool to adulthood, with greatest emphasis at the elementary level. Professionals must serve as catalysts to make nutrition education basic to school curriculum design and an integral part of teacher training. (EA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Speech delivered at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Nutrition Education (Atlanta, Georgia, August 5-8, 1973)