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ERIC Number: EJ852565
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1056-7879
The Experience of Lunch in Three Countries
Stout, Karen Evans; Schuler, Patricia
International Journal of Educational Reform, v12 n3 p244-258 Sum 2003
With nearly 27 million school children participating in the National School Lunch Program and in 1999 $5.46 billion spent to fund it, school lunch is clearly a part of the experience of schooling for most children. But, if one accepts the definition of curriculum as the planned experiences that happen in school (Ornstein & Levine, 1989), then lunch may be, in fact, also a learning experience for students. However, lunch as a learning experience is a largely unexplored concept. The purpose of the research reported in this article was to describe the lunch period as it occurs in three different countries. The authors chose to study school lunch cross-culturally, believing, like Barbara Rogoff that: "Comparisons across cultures are often useful in drawing the attention of insiders of a community to unnoticed assumptions and practices." The research question was: What is the experience of lunch in three schools in Austria, Switzerland, and the United States? The authors provide a narrative account of a typical lunch in each of the three schools. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Austria; Switzerland; United States