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ERIC Number: ED313154
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A New Perspective on the Need for Nutrition Education in the Public Schools.
Simmons, Linda Fox; And Others
This study was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of three methods for promoting use of materials developed by the Texas Nutrition Education and Training (NET) program for use in elementary schools. The methods are: (1) teacher workshops; (2) turnaround sessions; and (3) simple notification. Kindergarten and third grade classes in Austin provided four kinds of data on outcomes of the three methods. Teachers completed a questionnaire describing their acceptance and use of the NET materials, called Health Objectives in Nutrition Education for Youth (HONEY). To measure learning outcomes, nutrition knowledge tests and attitude scales were administered at the beginning and end of the semester, and children's food choices were observed during a classroom activity at the end of the term. Findings revealed that the majority of teachers felt that HONEY was nice to have. Kindergarten teachers in workshop and turnaround groups made the most use of HONEY. Performance on the nutrition knowledge test improved in all groups, with the greatest gains occurring in third grade teacher-notification classes. Little change in attitude scale scores occurred. Good food choices were made more often in third grade teacher notification classes. Thus, although criterion-level teacher performance was most frequent in the workshop group, evaluation of student behaviors showed notification to be a cost-effective approach for promoting nutrition learning in public schools. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas (Austin)