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Senior secondary school food literacy education: importance, challenges, and ways of improving

Nanayakkara, Gamage Janandani Madhushika, Margerison, Claire and Worsley, Anthony 2018, Senior secondary school food literacy education: importance, challenges, and ways of improving, Nutrients, vol. 10, no. 9, pp. 1-16, doi: 10.3390/nu10091316.

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Title Senior secondary school food literacy education: importance, challenges, and ways of improving
Author(s) Nanayakkara, Gamage Janandani MadhushikaORCID iD for Nanayakkara, Gamage Janandani Madhushika orcid.org/0000-0002-2722-6128
Margerison, ClaireORCID iD for Margerison, Claire orcid.org/0000-0002-4635-6059
Worsley, AnthonyORCID iD for Worsley, Anthony orcid.org/0000-0002-4635-6059
Journal name Nutrients
Volume number 10
Issue number 9
Start page 1
End page 16
Total pages 16
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2018-09-17
ISSN 2072-6643
Keyword(s) adolescents
food literacy education
senior secondary school
stakeholders
Summary Food literacy education at senior secondary school can provide both immediate and long-term benefits for adolescents. The exploration of multiple stakeholder groups’ opinions regarding the importance, roles, and challenges of school food literacy education, and their suggestions for its improvement, will help the design and execution of future food literacy-related curricula and programmes. This study explored a broad range of Australian and international food, health, and education professionals’ opinions regarding senior secondary school food literacy education through an online survey. One hundred and fifty-five food, health, and education professionals completed this survey between April and October 2017. Overall, the respondents strongly supported the need for food literacy education for senior secondary school students. Their suggestions for improving this form of education included: incorporation of relevant and up-to-date content, the presence of strong practical components, offering food literacy as compulsory subjects or the incorporation of food literacy concepts into compulsory core subjects. Moreover, they proposed the active contribution of both internal and external stakeholders in the planning and delivery of this education to upgrade its quality and relevance. Overall, the findings suggest that a wide range of food, health, and education professionals are highly supportive of senior secondary school food literacy education and their constructive suggestions should be considered in school food literacy education enhancement efforts. Education authorities should seek ways of involving different stakeholders, including food-related professionals, in the design and delivery of food literacy education, and future studies should explore the best mechanisms for such involvement.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/nu10091316
Field of Research 1111 Nutrition And Dietetics
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2018, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
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