ERIC Number: ED241463
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb-2
Reference Count: 0
Nutrition and Learning: The Breakfast Role.
Stein, Annette; And Others
A pilot study examined the effects of improved breakfast nutrition on students' academic achievement. Participants were 142 intermediate school children who usually ate breakfast in school. All children were given the Gates-MacGinitie Reading Tests, Form 1, Levels A-D, and were ranked according to their total reading scores. The experimental and control groups were matched by reading level and grade. The experimental group had a different menu each day providing variety, high density carbohydrates, and protein. The control group received a standard breakfast of fruit or juice, milk, and a packaged cereal. At the conclusion of the experimental period all children were tested on an alternate form of the Gates-McGinitie Tests and results were compared. During the second semester of school the two groups switched roles. A trend was observed that indicated the experimental breakfasts may be associated with greater gain in reading scores. Further research is underway. Detailed descriptions of the menus and notes on the children's reactions to them are appended. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (36th, San Antonio, TX, February 1-4, 1984).