ERIC Number: EJ920439
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
Why Education Researchers Should Take School Food Seriously
Weaver-Hightower, Marcus B.
Educational Researcher, v40 n1 p15-21 Jan-Feb 2011
Food and eating in schools have most often been thought of as utilitarian parts of the day, as distractions, and, for education researchers, as lacking incentives to study or even as objects of derision rather than serious concern. Yet there are good reasons why scholars of education should consider food and food practices. These include the confounding influences of school food's impact on health and on academics, its effects on teaching and administration, the role schools play in teaching about food, implications for the environment and for other species, the large sums of money involved, the window that food provides into identity and culture, food's influence on educational policy and politics, and the social justice concerns around food.
Descriptors: Educational Research, Food, Role, Educational Practices, Eating Habits, Public Health, Lunch Programs, Breakfast Programs, Campuses, Social Justice, Educational Policy, Educational Environment, Cultural Context, Social Environment, Educational Researchers, Ancillary School Services, Stereotypes, Hunger, Context Effect, Educational Finance, Animal Husbandry, Politics of Education, Environmental Influences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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