ERIC Number: ED134618
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Dec-20
An Evaluation of the Mulligan Stew 4-H Television Series for Extension Service, USDA. Volume I: Executive Summary.
Shapiro, Sydelle Stone; And Others
Conducted on over 3,000 fourth, fifth, and sixth grade children in six states, this study documents changes in nutrition-related knowledge and behaviors which can be related to participating in the Mulligan Stew televsion series. This volume contains a summary of the findings of the study and recommendations. After participating in the series, youth demonstrated more knowledge about nutrition-related activities, and exhibited a dramatic increase in their awareness of 4-H. The series generated only minimal changes in the nutrition behavior of youth; while those who viewed the series appeared to eat more for breakfast, their selections from the basic food groups seemed to remain unchanged. After participating in the series, youth in all three grades tended to select fewer empty calorie items when given free choice on a menu containing a large number of foods. As measured by reading ability, the series worked well with both the good student and the poorer student. While the series appeared to be effective with youth in all three grades, overall the program had a somewhat stronger impact on fourth and fifth graders than it did on sixth grade youth. The comic workbook and viewing situation appeared to be important variables; although at-home viewing was good, in-school viewing generated larger changes; and while the series worked well without the comic workbook, Mulligan Stew was more effective with the comic. (RC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Extension Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Abt Associates, Inc., Cambridge, MA.