ERIC Number: ED198285
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the Tennessee Nutrition Education and Training Program. 1980 Final Report.
Banta, Trudy W.; And Others
The Tennessee Nutrition Education and Training (NET) program is part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture effort to develop a coordinated nutrition education program for children from preschool through grade 12. In its first year of operation, the Tennessee NET program conducted summer nutrition education workshops for elementary teachers and school food service managers, distributed nutrition education materials, and funded nine pilot nutrition education projects throughout the state. Evaluators at the University of Tennessee (1) used pre- and posttests of nutrition knowledge as well as attitudinal measures to assess the effectiveness of the 1979 summer workshops; (2) assessed usage rates, quality, and developmental appropriateness of materials distributed; (3) evaluated four of the pilot projects; and (4) designed K-12 assessment instruments and used them in forty-eight schools throughout the state to collect baseline data on nutrition knowledge, attitudes, behavior, and perceptions of nutrition education from a sample of students, parents, teachers, principals, and food service personnel. No systematic differences between responses of students in treatment and comparison schools were detected in the initial testing. Personnel in one-half the elementary schools where baseline data were collected in spring 1980 were to receive training in NET workshops during summer 1980. In spring, 1981, data collected at the treatment schools were to be compared with that collected at untreated comparison schools to provide an assessment of the effectiveness of the 1980 NET-sponsored training in nutrition education. (Author/KC)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Federal Programs, Food Service, Instructional Materials, Knowledge Level, Nutrition Instruction, Parent Attitudes, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Resource Materials, State Programs, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Workshops
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Tennessee State Dept. of Education, Nashville.
Authoring Institution: Tennessee Univ., Knoxville. Bureau of Educational Research and Service.