ERIC Number: ED327334
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Nutrition and Its Effects on Learning.
A 12-week practicum intervention, designed to improve the classroom performance of 17 elementary school students experiencing learning or behavior problems by offering the students nutrition instruction and improving nutritional practices in the students' homes, was implemented and evaluated. Students were requied to agree to: (1) eat a nutritious breakfast each morning; (2) limit sugar intake; (3) eat nutritious snacks; (4) eat more fruits, vegetables, whole-grain and protein-rich foods than previously; and (5) attend nutrition education classes two or three times a week. Parents were encouraged to participate in the project. Nutrition classes provided discussions of films on nutrition topics, tasting parties, cooking experiences, parent education sessions, and instruction on reading labels. Effectiveness of the intervention was evaluated by observations of classroom behavior and pre- and posttesting with the Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT) and a General Nutrition Quiz. Classroom observations revealed that 50 percent of the students had improved in behavior and were enjoying increased academic success. Most children who altered their eating habits scored higher on the posttest WRAT than those who had not. All participants learned the value of proper nutrition. (RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.S. Practicum, Nova University.