Food, exercise and lifestyle: an initial teacher training perspective

Lakin, Liz (2002) Food, exercise and lifestyle: an initial teacher training perspective. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 26 (3). pp. 188-197. Full text not available from this repository.

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All too often, we are told via the media that our children are overweight, under-exercised and eating poor diets. This is disconcerting at the best of times but even more so when we, as a country, are reviewing our farming and food production practices. So what is our perception of food and how does this relate to the lives we lead? These questions were put to initial teacher-trainees (ITT) at the University of Gloucestershire. They will be the teachers of tomorrow, playing a significant role in the development and lifestyles of our children. The answers received were varied; both encouraging and giving cause for concern. This paper describes an action research project based around the analysis of those answers in the light of current research into food and health. Throughout the paper, published research findings relating to school children's perception of food and nutrition are compared with the trainee teachers’ views. The comparison draws striking similarities. The implications of this point to the way we teach food and nutrition in schools and on our ITT programme at the University of Gloucestershire. Whilst praising the good practice that already exists, this paper recognises that there is a need to adequately equip trainee teachers, especially at primary level, to educate children towards a more holistic understanding of the food we eat and how it relates to the lifestyles we lead.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: International Journal of Consumer Studies
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: Print:1470-6423 Online: 1470-6431
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Departments: Academic Departments > Institute of Education (IOE) > Secondary PGCE
Depositing User: Insight Administrator
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2011 11:22
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2021 11:09
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