Insight from the Public on Home Economics and Formal Food Literacy

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Title Insight from the Public on Home Economics and Formal Food Literacy
Author Pendergast, Donna Lee; Garvis, Susie; Kanasa, Harry
Journal Name Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United States
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Abstract In 2010, a newspaper article speculating about the inclusion of cooking in the Queensland, Australia, school curriculum was published. Readers were invited to post comments to a newspaper-managed blog. Ninetyseven posts were made. These posts (N = 97) comprise the data for this study. Data were analyzed using Leximancer to determine frequency and connection of terminology. The analysis found ‘‘cooking’’ to be the core concept, connected to either the ‘‘school’’ (formal learning) and ⁄ or to the ‘‘home’’ (informal learning). Content analysis determined the themes and their relative frequency. Three main themes were generated: informal food literacy learning, formal food literacy learning in schools, and formal food literacy learning in home economics. Subthemes in the formal food literacy theme included: status (should a home economics course be compulsory?), enjoyment of home economics in school), and gender (with many positive comments from male respondents). The findings of this study represent a first step in understanding the potential contribution of home economics to develop food literacy.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
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Volume 39
Issue Number 4
Page from 415
Page to 430
ISSN 1552-3934
Date Accessioned 2011-06-14
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Education
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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