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ERIC Number: EJ946582
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1499-4046
Qualitative Investigation of the "Cooking with Kids" Program: Focus Group Interviews with Fourth-Grade Students, Teachers, and Food Educators
Lukas, Catherine V.; Cunningham-Sabo, Leslie
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, v43 n6 p517-524 Nov-Dec 2011
Objective: Focus group (FG) interviews with students and adults were used to obtain a rich understanding of the "Cooking with Kids" classroom experience from the child and adult participant perspectives. Methods: FG topics included students' cooking experiences at school and home and perceptions of "Cooking with Kids". Verified transcripts of recorded interviews were entered into NVivo, coded for themes, and confirmed through intercoder reliability. Results: Twenty-two FGs were conducted with fourth-grade students (n = 178), 3 FG with teachers (n = 17), and 1 FG with 5 "Cooking with Kids" food educators. Students in cooking interventions described positive experiences with curriculum integration into academic subjects and were more likely to consider classmates friends. Conclusions and Implications: FG revealed student perspectives to strengthen content and implementation of experiential foods programs. This study provides an example of how qualitative methods can add "student voice" to evaluation of school-based programs. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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