ERIC Number: ED216769
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Establishing Nutritious Food Practices in Early Childhood. Final Report, September, 1979 - September, 1981.
Gorelick, Molly C.; Clark, E. Audrey
To develop a comprehensive nutrition education program for preschool children, staff, families, and the community, a 2-year research and development project consisting of four components was implemented. For the first project component, non-sequenced, single-concept lessons geared to the cognitive, affective, and action characteristics of preschool children were produced. The lessons were taught initially to approximately 100 preschool children in a laboratory school and then were field-tested in 20 private preschool classrooms. An assessment instrument, the Northridge Survey of Understanding Nutrition - Preschool Level, was developed to measure outcomes of the educational intervention. To meet the objectives of the project's second component, in-service training emphasizing the recognition and application of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and comprehension of the concept of high nutrient density was provided to staff of participating preschools. Project activities in the third component area focused on the development of six instructional modules, a teacher's guide, and coordinated materials for use by young children, staff and parents in group and home settings. For the fourth component, family/community education activities were conducted. Throughout the report, research and development activities and outcomes are reported in detail. Related materials, ranging from recipes to adult and preschool forms of the nutrition survey instrument, are provided in 15 appendices. (RH)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Community Involvement, Early Childhood Education, Field Tests, Inservice Teacher Education, Learning Modules, Material Development, Measures (Individuals), Nutrition Instruction, Parent Education, Preschool Children, Pretests Posttests
California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Food and Nutrition Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California State Univ., Northridge. Preschool Lab.