ERIC Number: ED220176
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching Nutrition by Teams-Games-Tournaments: An Application of Behavioral Analysis.
Wodarski, Lois Ann; And Others
Presented in the first part of this document are results from a pilot study designed to determine the effect of the Teams-Games-Tournaments (TGT) method on students' and teachers' nutrition knowledge. (The TGT is a structured sequence of learning activities combining small groups, instructional games, and tournaments to teach nutrition concepts.) Two curricula incorporating the TGT technique were developed and tested in two self-contained sixth grade classrooms and two high school home economics classes. In general, data obtained from questionnaires developed to assess students' and teachers' reactions to the TGT nutrition units indicated that the majority of students in all classes enjoyed the method. Students enjoyed working in groups and competing in tournaments, expressing the feeling that they learned "a lot" about nutrition and, importantly, the belief that what they learned would influence their future food choices. Teachers indicated that the units were well-planned, thorough, and easy to follow, noting that the children enjoyed working in groups and that the TGT activities not only increased the students' knowledge of nutrition, but also reinforced reading, math, spelling, and measurement skills. A detailed description of the contents and activities of the two curricula comprises the second and third sections, which are the major portion of the document. (MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Agricultural Experiment Station.