ERIC Number: ED401995
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jun-1
Reference Count: N/A
Minnesota School Superintendents and Universal School Breakfast: Perspectives and Opinions.
Wang, Zuyang; And Others
This study examined Minnesota school superintendents' knowledge and attitudes regarding universal school breakfast programs. A total of 51 percent of 267 district superintendents responded to a mail survey. Findings indicated that 58 percent of the superintendents were aware of a universal school breakfast pilot program in Minnesota and 85 percent were interested in receiving more information about the pilot project as the experiment progressed. The majority of superintendents recognized the connection between nutrition and learning and agreed that nutrition enhanced retention, learning ability, and concentration. To a lesser degree, superintendents agreed that there is a connection between classroom behavior and nutrition. Superintendents with school breakfast experience were more likely to view a breakfast program as the natural extension of school lunch program, as an important part of school image, and were less concerned about additional costs, less likely to worry about breakfast cutting into the school day, and less likely to view school breakfast as intended for low income students alone than were superintendents with no school breakfast experience. The superintendents agreed about the potential barriers in expanding the pilot school breakfast program, the need for solid evidence that such programs contribute to improved classroom experience, the concern for the program's cost, and the need for community support. (KDFB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Dept. of Education, St. Paul. Food and Nutrition Service.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota